Published: 26 July 2017
Author(s): Vittorio Bertele’, Chiara Gerardi, Silvio Garattini
Issue: July 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

Clinical research should primarily aim at identifying interventions that provide patients with benefits or improve the efficiency of national health services – or both. However, more and more clinical trials are pursuing marketing aims, e.g. promoting the use of technologies in clinical conditions in which they have no evidence-based efficacy, fostering prescriptions in an apparently sluggish market, preparing future markets by fostering expectations that are still groundless, and so on. Here are a few examples from a varying record of cases.


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