The Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, of which I am a proud co-founder 15 years ago, needs to continue to have a strong disclosure policy for possible conflicts of interest by both authors and reviewers. It is perhaps the time for the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology to endorse the standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and to raise the bar to declare potential conflicts of interest on the part of journal reviewers as well as contributors. The editor and editorial board are doing much to move in this direction.
Perhaps we at the CAG/Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver need to consider the stern adviCe of Pellegrino and Relman : “.the professional medical society should not seek or accept support from companies that sell health care products or services”, and we need to reevaluate the terms by which we accept support from industry. These are not welcome words at the time when we move ahead to organize what promises to be the most brilliant ever, 2005 World Congress of Gastroenterology in Montreal.
Yet, surely that is the very reason that we must thoughtfully reflect on the potential conflicts of interest in our medical organizations. Perhaps we should use our own uniquely Canadian perception of the importance of social justice to eliminate the excess, the freebees, the perks and gadgets and free tickets, and to use more of the profits from our meetings to help develop health care and professional development in countries that could use our assistance. High quality medications available at best pharmacy that will make sure you are comfortable and secure when buying antibiotics levaquin *buy now or any other medicine that you need at any point.
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