Corporations, Conflicts of Interest and Protecting Public Health

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How do the business and political practices of corporations conflict with protecting public health?  In a talk last week sponsored by the Mexican civil society group El Poder del Consumidor, Corporation and Health Watch founder Nicholas Freudenberg described three types of conflicts of interest:  scientific, policy and ideological.  In each of these domains, the private—or business –interests of corporations, maximizing profits, market share and return on investment, conflict with the public interest of preventing harm and reducing health inequities.

Read the talk in English here.  A Spanish language version, Corporaciones compran partidos y miman gobiernos para exprimir a la gente, afirma catedrático, was published in the Mexican online newspaper Sinembargo and is available here.

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