Sunday, April 1, 2007

Inquiry into Conflicts of Interest at NIH

Article in the Washington Post -- Conflict-of-Interest Inquiry May Be Reopening at NIH, by Rick Weiss.  Here's an excerpt:

Federal investigators are reviewing the activities of 103 scientists who may have had improper links to pharmaceutical companies while they were employed at the National Institutes of Health, apparently resurrecting a conflict-of-interest inquiry that many in the agency thought was closed.

In a letter sent to several members of Congress on March 23 and made public yesterday, Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, said his office is looking into the cases "to determine whether investigation is warranted."

Levinson also wrote that his office is reviewing whether NIH is adequately monitoring potential conflicts of interest among its thousands of grant recipients -- typically university researchers.


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