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Senate Probe of Research Psychiatrists

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Science  03 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5936, pp. 30
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_30

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Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA) has cast a wide net in search of physicians who failed to fully disclose payments they received from drug and device companies. One of his concerns, he said, is that biased research could be influencing treatment decisions. About 30 universities have now received queries from Grassley. Science has compiled a table of cases made public by Grassley involving NIH-funded researchers—all psychiatrists, many of whom allegedly received consulting income from companies whose drugs they were studying.