Thursday, May 28, 2009

More on Conflicts of Interest

The Wall Street Journal reports that Jeffrey Wang, "a top spine surgeon" at UCLA, "failed to disclose payments from medical companies while he was researching their products' use in patients, according to records obtained by congressional investigators." He did not inform the school "of $459,500 he was paid by companies from 2004 through 2007, according to a May 21 letter from Sen. Charles Grassley to the school's chancellor." Researchers for state universities in California "are required to disclose any financial ties to nongovernmental entities funding their work. Failure to report a financial interest can result in civil liability, including fines, as well as university discipline."

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