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Thursday, April 26, 2001

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"According to the first thorough investigation of scholarly journals published in 1997, only one-half of one percent of the authors revealed personal financial interests relating to their research. The study, lead by Tufts University's Sheldon Krimsky, appears in this month's Science and Engineering Ethics. A likely explanation, according Krimsky, is that journal editors do not compel uncooperative authors to report financial conflicts of interest. Many are not surprised at the findings. David Blumenthal, director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, said that researchers who fail to disclose the potential conflicts often "believe that they are people of integrity, and they feel they can separate their work from their financial interests."

But studies suggest otherwise, he said. For example, last year the editors of The New England Journal of Medicine wrote an apology for publishing reviews of drug therapies in spite of the reviewers' ties with the manufacturers. Scientists with ties to companies tend to write more favorable about those products, he said.

Reference: The New York Times, 25 April 2001"

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