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Editor's Note: Importance of Revealing Any Author Conflicts of Interest



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Am Fam Physician. 2007 Feb 15;75(4):472.

The November 1, 2006, issue of American Family Physician contained a letter titled “Medication Options for the Treatment of CAP.”1 Each of the authors of this letter was instructed at the time of submission and asked again at the time of acceptance to disclose any potential conflicts of interest, including financial relationships with the manufacturers of the medications that they discussed. At the time of publication, none of the authors had disclosed any potential conflicts of interest. When numerous financial relationships were later discovered to exist, the authors responded that they had not realized that it was necessary to disclose these relationships. The editors of American Family Physician feel that it is important for our readers to be aware that the following relationships existed at the time of the letter's1 publication:

Lionel A. Mandell, M.D., has received research funding from Bayer Corp., Chiron Corp., Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Corp., Oscient Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; has served as a paid consultant to Bayer, Cempra Pharmaceuticals, Novexel, Oscient, Ortho-McNeil, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Targanta Therapeutics, and Wyeth Laboratories; and is on the speaker's bureaus for Bayer, Ortho-McNeil, Oscient, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis.

Thomas M. File, Jr., M.D., has received research funding from Binax, Ortho-McNeil, Oscient, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis; has served as a paid consultant to Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co., Ortho-McNeil, Oscient, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, and Wyeth; and is on the speaker's bureaus for Abbott, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Ortho-McNeil, Oscient, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Schering Plough, and Wyeth.

Paul B. Iannini, M.D., has served as a paid consultant, received honoraria from, and is on the speaker's bureaus for Oscient, Sanofi-Aventis, and Schering-Plough.

REFERENCES

1. Mandell LA, File TM Jr, Iannini PB. Medication options for the treatment of CAP [letter]. Am Fam Physician. 2006;74:1479.

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