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Medical Study Authors Often Fail to Disclose Industry Ties
Date:9/14/2010

ients have a real stake in transparency. You want to make sure that the surgeon is choosing the device that is best for you and that your doctor is not getting biased information," Rothman said in the news release.

"The next generation of physicians should know that every nickel they take from industry is going to be made public," he added.

Industry-funded medical research -- even when financial ties are transparent --has come under increased scrutiny over the past few months.

A recent review of hundreds of clinical drug trials conducted between 2000 and 2006, for example, found that studies sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry were more likely to publish favorable results than those with no financial interest in the findings.

In addition, a review of 150 recently published stories on children's health found that industry-sponsored trials were at greater risk of distortion than non-profit or government-sponsored studies.

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The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has more about research ethics.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Pediatrics, July 12, 2010; Children's Hospital Boston, news release, August 2, 2010; Institute on Medicine as a Profession, news release, Sept. 13, 2010.


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