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'Independent therapeutic advice: how achievable is it?' - a report summarising the proceedings of the Independence Forum hosted by Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd - was published this month on the Australian Prescriber website.
The forum brought together national and international experts and ethicists to discuss and debate issues of independence and conflicts of interest in the context of therapeutic information for health professionals, especially prescribers.
The two eminent overseas speakers at the Independence Forum, Professor Silvio Garattini from the Mario Negri Institute in Italy and Assistant Professor Barbara Mintzes from University of British Columbia, Canada, reflected the importance of this global issue.
Some of the thought-provoking - and at times controversial - issues covered were:
The report puts forward recommendations to improve the quality of the evidence base and trustworthiness of guidelines. Specifically, the recommendations include issues such as the need for public funding of clinical trials and reforms of regulatory requirements relating to new drugs, and improvements in critical appraisal skills and the management of competing interests.
The conference report is published as a supplement to Australian Prescriber and is available here.
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