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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental

Print version ISSN 1415-4714On-line version ISSN 1984-0381

Rev. latinoam. psicopatol. fundam. vol.9 no.2 São Paulo Apr./June 2006

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1415-47142006002002 

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Ethics and conflict of interest in psychiatric research

Fernando Portela Câmara

ABSTRACT

This article discusses the relationship between personal interests and medical research. The presence of research professionals who conduct studies which will later be used for market investments through new pharmaceutical products or procedures has brought up a number of issues, especially regarding the neutrality of the use of such products. The fact that some researchers receive shares in stocks and profits of some companies, and the way the companies finance them and use their credibility in scientific marketing have been a source of concern to scientific journals, the academic community and the better-informed public as to the validity of the results presented and the reliability of the pharmaceutical products themselves. The question of how neutrality can be preserved without the inevitable involvement of these interests is an ethical issue that has yet to be carefully examined by agencies that regulate the medical profession.

Key words: Ethics; conflict of interest; medical research

RESUMO

Neste trabalho discute-se a relação entre interesse pessoal e pesquisa médica. A participação de pesquisadores em pesquisas que irão posteriormente reverter em investimento de mercado, via novos produtos farmacêuticos e procedimentos, tem chamado a atenção para a neutralidade dessas pesquisas. A participação de pesquisadores nos lucros e ações das empresas, bem como seu financiamento pelas mesmas para usar a credibilidade do pesquisador no marketing científico, preocupam as revistas científicas, a comunidade acadêmica e o público esclarecido sobre a validade dos resultados apresentados e a confiabilidade dos produtos lançados. A forma como esta neutralidade deve ser preservada sem os vieses inevitáveis do interesse é uma questão ética ainda não devidamente examinada pelos conselhos da classe.

Palavras-Chave: Ética; conflito de interesse; pesquisa médica

RESUMEN

Se discute en este trabajo la relación entre el interés personal y la investigación médica. La participación de investigadores en estudios que irán posteriormente a transformarse en inversiones para el mercado, vía nuevos productos y procedimientos, ha llamado la atención para la neutralidad de dichos trabajos. La participación de investigadores en los lucros y acciones de las compañías, así como su financiamiento por las mismas para usar la credibilidad del investigador en el marketing científico, preocupan a las revistas científicas, a la comunidad académica y a público esclarecido y arrojan dudas sobre la validez de los resultados presentados y sobre la confiabilidad de los productos lanzados. La forma a través de la cual esta neutralidad debe ser preservada, sin los vieses inevitables del interés, es una cuestión ética todavía no debidamente examinada por los consejos de clase .

Palabras-clave: Ética; interés; investigación médica

ABSTRACT

Le thème de cette recherche porte sur le rapport existant entre intérêt personnel et recherche médicale. La participation des chercheurs à des recherches qui vont ultérieurement servir à des investissements sur le marché, à travers les procédés et les nouveaux produits pharmaceutiques, attire l’attention vers la neutralité de ces recherches. La participation des chercheurs à des profits et à des actions des entreprises, aussi bien que leur financement par celles-ci, afin d’utiliser la crédibilité du chercheur dans le marketing scientifique inquiètent les revues spécialisées dans ce domaine, la communauté de chercheurs et le public conscient de la validité des résultats présentés et de la fiabilité des produits lancés sur le marché. La façon dont cette neutralité devrait être préservée sans les enjeux inévitables de l’intérêt pose un problème éthique qui n’est pas toujours examiné par les conseils de classe comme il faudrait.

Key words: Éthique; conflits d’intérêts; recherche médicale

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Received: December 2005; Accepted: February 2006

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