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  • Transparency and the Physician Payments Sunshine Act

    The pharmaceutical industry spent approximately $27 billion in 2012 promoting and marketing its products to physicians. These payments, and those made by the medical device industry, create medical conflicts of interest, which, according to the Institute of Medicine, “threaten the integrity of scientific investigations, the objectivity of professional education, the quality of patient care,... Read More

  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Opens Registration for Open Payments

    The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began allowing pharmaceutical and medical device companies to register online for the new “Open Payments” website, authorized under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act to make more transparent the disclosure of financial interactions among physicians. The announcement is a critical first step to bring... Read More

  • Conflicts-of-Interest Policies for Academic Medical Centers

    In 2012, The Pew Charitable Trusts convened an expert task force on conflicts of interest in medicine to assist academic medical centers in identifying best practices to incorporate into their conflict-of-interest policies The task force formulated recommendations in 15 areas in order to protect the integrity of education and training and the practice of medicine within the academic medical... Read More