About the Authors

Richard Smith

Competing Interests

RS was an editor for the BMJ for 25 years. For the last 13 of those years, he was the editor of the BMJ and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group, responsible for the profits of not only the BMJ but of the whole group, which published some 25 other journals. He stepped down in July 2004. He is now a member of the board of the Public Library of Science, a position for which he is not paid. The UnitedHealth Group, of which UnitedHealth Europe is a part, includes a company that performs clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. RS has no responsibility for or influence over this company.