ACRE issues collaboration guidance

Share this article:

The Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE) issued a code of conduct to guide doctors in what it considers major areas of interaction with health-related industries.

The aim is to help doctors decide whether, or how, to be involved in consulting, advising, CME, peer-to-peer speakers' programs, research or other industry collaborations, ACRE says.

They discourage ghostwriting, define what constitutes “fair value” for receiving compensation, and address such areas as formulary committees and institutional review boards.

ACRE also offers recommendations on how physicians should disclose working relationships and calls for a formal rejection of the terms “conflict of interest” and “competing interests.”

“These terms are largely pejorative,” the recommendations say, in that they infer that “the person making such a disclosure has accepted financial or other rewards in return for statements or advocacy that are not in the best interests of patient care or scientific integrity.”

Guidelines were co-authored by Michael Weber, MD, of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, along with Harvard Medical School's Thomas Stossel, MD, and other ACRE members.

“These guidelines achieve a much more reasonable approach to managing relationships so that physicians can actively participate in innovation and discovery of new treatment,” said J. Michael Gonzalez-Campoy, MD, PhD, a co-author, in a statement.
Share this article:
You must be a registered member of MMM to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Features

The Women's Health landscape is ripe with opportunity for pharma marketers. This seven-page eBook offers product managers a guide to capitalizing on the trends, growth areas and unmet needs. Includes alternative channels to engage OB/GYNs and oncologists, and plenty of tips. Click here to access it.

Email Newsletters