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Lowering the Boom on Financial Conflicts

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Science  28 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5982, pp. 1091
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5982.1091

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After a year of review, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has unveiled a plan for cracking down on conflicts of interest in biomedical research. Pressured by Congress, NIH last week released proposed changes to a 15-year-old regulation affecting everybody who receives U.S. Public Health Service money—about 40,500 grantees. The changes would require researchers to report more financial information to their employers, have the institutions and not researchers decide when a conflict exists, and make some of the reported information public.