Hidden Conflicts? Pharma Payments to FDA Advisers After Drug Approvals Spark Ethical Concerns
In examining compensation records from drug companies to physicians who advised FDA, Science found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support to panel members. The agency's safeguards against potential conflicts of interest are not designed to prevent such future financial ties.
An investigative report uncovers little recognized and unpoliced potential conflicts of interest among those who serve on FDA advisory panels that review drugs. FDA may also have missed or judged insignificant financial ties physicians had before their service on the drug approval advisory panels.
Nature Journals Tighten Rules on Non-Financial Conflicts
What makes a conflict of interest (COI) in science? Definitions differ, but broadly agree on one thing: an influence that can cloud a researcher’s objectivity. Nature and the other Nature Research journals are taking into account some of these non-financial sources of possible tension and conflict.
Philip Morris Funded Anti-Smoking Foundation Targeting Public Health Leaders With Grants
Leaked emails reveal that the foundation is actively making offers of grants to officials at the WHO as well as people in India and abroad without explicitly revealing its single source of funding – Philip Morris International.
Golden OA creates a conflict of interest: in a situation where the number of scientists is larger than the number of available positions, both journals and scientists benefit from publishing as many articles as possible.
Conflicts of Interest in GM Bt Crop Efficacy and Durability Studies
An analysis focusing on the efficacy or durability of GM Bt crops and ties between the researchers carrying out these studies and the GM crop industry showing that ties between researchers and the GM crop industry were common, with 40% of the articles considered displaying conflicts of interest (COI).