Why NPS MedicineWise needs to open up about its commercial links with Big Pharma

Critics say the agency is invaluable but more info is needed on the money it makes from commercial partners

The question is simple: is NPS MedicineWise, one of the most respected voices on clinical practice for more than 20 years, being transparent about its dealings with commercial interests?

The agency has played a leading role in curbing overuse of drugs, from PPIs to opioids, through educational campaigns aimed at GPs.

It has also been the force behind the Choosing Wisely campaign.

For doctors, its value has always rested on the fact it is independent, with its activities funded at a distance by taxpayers.