Journal editors and conflict of interest

Here's an interesting article from the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal about a University of Wisconsin faculty member who edits a journal that has published numerous articles, mostly positive, on products made by a company from which he has received more than $20 million. Of note, an orthopedic surgeon, who is the president of a professional ethics association, is quoted as saying that no one on an editorial board of a journal should receive more than $50,000 from a device or drug company. Seems a little generous to me, but I don't know the conversion factor for orthopedic to infectious disease dollars. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and speculate that it's the equivalent of 50 infectious disease dollars.


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