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IOM Panel Backs Public Disclosure Of Drug Company Payments

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Science  01 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5927, pp. 579
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_579a

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The best way to damp down concerns about doctors' and researchers' financial conflicts of interest is to require full disclosure, according to an expert report that adds its voice to a growing chorus. A panel of the National Academies' Institute of Medicine (IOM) says faculty members at medical institutions should be required to report all industry money they receive from outside their institution--no matter how small the amount--to special committees that would keep track of the data and manage conflicts. Such payments would also have to be reported publicly by the companies.