Self-help groups conflicts of interest through sponsoring by the pharmaceutical industry
Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 52(1): 71-76
Some patient and self-help groups accept financial support from the pharmaceutical industry and medical device manufacturers. For the industry, this constitutes an increasingly important product marketing component. The acceptance of material or other support triggers psychological mechanisms which endanger objective judgement without the persons involved realizing it. Thus, patient groups may evaluate drugs or devices in a positively distorted way.