The relationship between disclosures in publications and known payments by pharmaceutical companies to physician authors. Abbreviations: AZ, AstraZeneca; GSK, GlaxoSmithKline; J&J, Johnson & Johnson. Both the grey and black bars represent discrepancies between the Dollars for Docs database and the physician author’s disclosures in publications. Dollars for Docs payment disclosed means that the specific company that made a payment to the physician was listed in the author’s disclosures in the publication. Discrepancy in the conflict disclosed means that one or more financial conflicts of interest were disclosed in the publication, but not the payer reported in the Dollars for Docs database. No conflicts of interest disclosed means that the publication stated that there were no conflicts of interest despite the Dollars for Docs database listing a payment.
Norris et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2012 13:24 doi:10.1186/1472-6939-13-24