“They can lie to us, and we don’t do lie detector tests,” said outgoing JAMA editor Catherine DeAngelis, who said her publication gets thousands of submissions a year and doesn’t have the time or money to hire another staff member to check up on conflict-of-interest disclosures. And if she had the money for one more staffer? “Believe me,” she said, “it wouldn’t be for that.”
So, conflicts of interest in the scientific/medical literature are not important. Look away. Good to know.