Conflict of Interest in Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research

TitleConflict of Interest in Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRoberts-Cady, S
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Date PublishedSpring2010
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
KeywordsClinical , Conflict , Medical , research , United
AbstractPrivate industry funds more than half of all medical research in the United States. While industry involvement in research has benefits, it can also create conflicts of interest. The most common policies adopted to address conflict of interest in medical research are focused primarily on the ways in which industry sponsorship may undermine a clinician's judgment regarding patient care. Insufficient attention has been given to the ways in which industry sponsorship may undermine judgment relative to the goal of scientific integrity in research. The most common conflict of interest policies do not adequately address this problem. Disclosure policies alone will not remove or ameliorate all conflicts. In order to address the problem of conflict of interest in industry-sponsored research, fundamental changes in strategy and practice must be adopted which either remove the power to make research decisions from industry employees, or increase the review of those decisions by independent investigators. 
NotesRoberts-Cady, Sarah 1; Affiliation: 1: Fort Lewis College; Source Info: Spring2010, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p47; Subject Term: CONFLICT of interests; Subject Term: CLINICAL medicine -- Research; Subject Term: RESEARCH grants; Subject Term: MEDICAL research -- Finance; Subject Term: UNITED States; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article