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Globe Editorial Agrees: Pharma Funding Fosters Conflicts Of Interest

Globe Editorial Agrees: Pharma Funding Fosters Conflicts Of Interest

September 17, 2010

Today’s lead Globe editorial highlights the journal article we posted about yesterday, and agrees with our conclusion:

“PEER-REVIEWED journals keep doctors informed about cutting-edge research, but their credibility increasingly depends on ferreting out conflicts of interest that might call authors’ findings into doubt…journals must question would-be authors more intensely — and can use existing data sources to verify some of the information they receive from researchers. Journals should spot-check physician payments on the websites that pharmaceutical and device companies have put up — either voluntarily or after settlements with the Justice Department over allegations of kickbacks to doctors.”

Massachusetts new online disclosure database will serve as a resource to these journals so that they can evaluate potential conflicts of interest and feel confident that they have provided the best information to their readers: doctors and patients alike.
-Georgia J. Maheras