n South African Medical Journal - Who will guard the guards? Medical leadership and conflict of interest in South African healthcare : editorial

Volume 104, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The pharmaceutical industry has filled a vacuum. A few decades ago, medical leaders would set research directions and would lobby for products to treat problems faced by their patients. Today, in an era of disease mongering and priority setting by pharmaceutical firms, leaders often react to industry rather than setting clear priorities in worthwhile diagnostic and therapeutic spend.

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