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Conflict of interest in medicine

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Recent news reports described an “ethical lapse” by a prominent New York City cancer specialist. In research published in prominent medical journals, he failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments he had received from drug and healthcare companies that were related to his research. Why is this such a big deal? Disclosing any potential conflict of interest is considered essential for the integrity…

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