, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 443-446
Date: 30 Oct 2012

Marc A. Rodwin: Conflicts of interest and the future of medicine: The United States, France, and Japan

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In Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine: The United States, France, and Japan, Marc A. Rodwin (professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, Boston) deals with a continuing challenge related to medical practice and healthcare workers’ actions: finding effective approaches to handling the issue of economic forces and financial ties in medicine. Indeed, conflicts of interest have been steadily eroding the medical profession because they influence both physicians’ clinical decisions and organizational choices, and often produce devastating consequences for patients’ health. Regarding the definition of “conflict of interest,” Rodwin states, “Physicians have conflicts of interest when they have incentives to act in ways that breach their obligations to their patients or when their loyalties are divided between their patients and other parties” (p. 15). These conflicts exist in different forms and manifestations. For example, many research studies demonstrate that drug and m ...