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Conflict of Interest at the Medical School: We Look Worse and Worse


From MedCity News:

A broad conflict-of-interest overhaul at Case Western Reserve University will scrutinize industry-sponsored research and could mean the end of drug representatives picking up lunch for medical students.

It essentially requires anyone working or attending the school to report even a modicum of potential conflict related to their research. If there’s “any doubt about whether or not an activity must be reported, the individual should report the activity,” the new policy states.

The University of Minnesota recently announced a new policy that frustrated some officials for rolling back rules to phase out industry funding of continuing education.

“Some schools are completely doing away with industry funding because of its potential to bias the content - even when careful restrictions are made,” said Gabriel Silverman, the director of last year’s American Medical Student Association conflict of interest scorecard.

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