Friday, January 2, 2009

Roy Poses, M.D., in his outstanding blog Health Care Renewal, has posted:

The Conflicted Authors of the University of Minnesota's New Conflicts of Interest Policy

This is an excellent overview of the situation at Minnesota with respect to conflict of interest in the medical school.

A sample:

So let's see... the University of Minnesota committee charged with drafting a new conflict of interest policy included members with conflicts of interests who did not reveal these conflicts to other members of the committee. Its chair had committed a "serious violation" of the current conflict of interest policy, which was known to the medical school dean who appointed him, but which was not revealed to the rest of the committee. That same medical school dean seems to have her own significant conflict of interest, a financial entanglement about which her previous pronouncements have been at best naive.

[Health Care Renewal is a very popular blog. To date there have been about half a million visitors and the site averages about three hundred visitors a day. "Sunshine is the best disinfectant."]

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