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One-Stop Shopping Proposed For Conflict Disclosure

Published December 13, 2012 by OSP

In a bid to simplify increasing demands to report conflicts of interest held by physicians and researchers, a leading group of academics, policymakers and ethics experts are proposing the creation of a centralized data repository to house all disclosures and increase transparency in medical research and practice. Dr. Allen Lichter, CEO at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, predicted that a coherent, uniform system would “not only reduce the time spent by researchers on administrative tasks, but will very likely improve the accuracy and clarity of disclosure reporting.” Some organizations behind the proposal are the FDA, the NIH, the National Library of Medicine, the American Medical Student Association, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Partners Healthcare, Pew Charitable Trusts, Cleveland Clinic, Consumers Union, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, among others. 

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