Harvard Med Is Cracking the Whip

Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

As Massachusetts General Hospital and the U.S. Senate investigate conflict-of-interest allegations, Harvard Medical School has named a committee to review its rules governing the conflicts. From The Boston Globe:

US Senator Charles E. Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has accused three Mass. General psychiatrists of not fully disclosing payments they received from drug companies for consulting and other activities. The doctors have said they believed they complied with the rules. Harvard Medical School and Mass. General are conducting their own investigations.

"The public and regulatory agencies are saying we have to be much more transparent about any relationships faculty have with industry," said Dr. Richard Schwartzstein, a member of the review committee and a pulmonologist at Beth Israel Deaconess. "The trend is to become more and more stringent, there's no question about that."

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