US med schools getting huge financial incentives from drug companies

November 14th, 2007 - 2:39 am ICT by admin  
Lead researcher Eric Campbell says that the study has also revealed that over a quarter heads act as paid consultants, and one in 10 sits on a board of directors.

Five of the 459 heads admitted to receiving gifts such as tickets to sporting events in the last year, something industry guidelines generally prohibit.

Department heads said they were happy to accept grants of less than 10,000 dollars for educational purposes, but showed concern about larger payments.

Campbell said that financial incentives could make them less vigilant about ensuring that educational materials and research plans were not biased towards specific treatments, reports the New Scientist.

The study has been published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. (ANI)

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