Latest Conflict of Interest Stories

2012-06-13 14:41:05

A recent international study led by researchers from McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) examines the complex and controversial interplay of conflicts of interest between physician experts, medicine and the pharmaceutical or medical device industry. The results of the analysis, which are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, aim to advance the management of conflicts of interest in medical guidelines. "Over the last decade governments, medical specialty...

2012-04-25 09:40:26

"Journals, professional associations, clinical guideline developers, and others need to worry not just that disclosure provides a band-aid to the real problem of the [conflict of interest] itself, but that any attempt to stem the trouble through disclosure policies may actually be worsening the problem," say the editors of PLoS Medicine writing in an editorial that discusses the response to a paper published in the Journal last month, which examined the financial conflicts of interest of...

2011-10-12 11:35:30

Research: Prevalence of financial conflicts of interest among guideline panel members in Canada and United States: cross sectional study The prevalence and under-reporting of conflicts of interest by members of guideline panels in the United States and Canada are high, finds a study published on http://www.bmj.com today. The study exposes the problem of incomplete disclosure and highlights the important relationship between sponsorship of guidelines and presence of conflict of interest....

2011-05-11 12:04:00

JERICHO, N.Y., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HCCS (Health Care Compliance Strategies, Inc.), the leading provider of online healthcare compliance and competency training and tracking solutions, today announced the release of an enhanced version of COI-SMART, a web-based system for the management and real-time tracking of Conflict of Interest disclosures. HCCS built this comprehensive tool in response to tighter government regulations and increased scrutiny. (Logo:...

2010-07-21 15:17:00

CHANTILLY, Va., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rule changes proposed by the Department of Defense on organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) in major defense acquisition programs are inconsistent with the goals of the government's Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009, says TASC, Inc. In its response to the proposed changes, the company expressed concern that they could increase the potential for impaired objectivity. (Logo:...

2010-07-21 12:39:33

Most of us think that disclosing a conflict of interest is a positive step, but a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that disclosure can often backfire and make a bad situation worse. "Our research suggests that people tend to think it is ethically more permissible to give manipulative advice once a conflict of interest has been disclosed," write authors Daylian M. Cain (Yale University), George Loewenstein, and Don A. Moore (both Carnegie Mellon University). "At first...

2010-03-25 08:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- TOPAZ Technologies, a leading provider of medical research management software for the Life Sciences industry, today announced the release of Conflict Disclosures software, its newest edition to the TOPAZ Enterprise Product Suite aimed at providing a mechanism for research administration to manage Conflicts of Interest (COI) at their institutions. A rich Internet application developed to address the research administration needs of institutions,...

2009-12-08 16:30:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. government needs to adopt Organizational Conflict of Interest rules that function effectively without forcing unnecessary divestitures in industry, AIA Vice President Cord Sterling said in testimony Tuesday. "In order to tighten Organizational Conflict of Interest requirements while still allowing DoD access to needed skills, any rule must be flexible, narrowly construed and consistently applied across government," Sterling said in...

2009-11-24 18:08:51

Although substantial variation exists in definitions of COI Nearly 90 percent of medical journals with relatively high impact factors have policies addressing author conflict of interest (COI) available for public review, according to a report in the November 25 issue of JAMA. But many journals do not require authors to sign disclosure statements, and there is variability in how COI is defined. "The failure of some authors to disclose competing interests that conflict with patient care has...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'