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Clarifying conflicts of interest in research
  1. Ruth V Reed
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R V Reed
    Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, 58–60 Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3EP, UK; ruthvreed{at}

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Having read the research article published by Greenough et al,1 regarding home oxygen use and healthcare utilisation, I was surprised to see that the fact that Abbott Laboratories had funded the research nurses for the study was only included as an acknowledgement rather than a potential conflict of interest. Abbott Laboratories have a very strong commercial interest in children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, the subjects of this study, as they are the manufacturers of Synagis (palivizumab), an extremely costly …

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