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Many US faculty members on institutional review boards have ties with industry

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:414
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A study of US medical schools' faculty members serving on institutional review boards found that industry funding is common. About half of review board members are faculty members and about half of these have industry ties (Academic Medicine 2003;78:1-6)

    The boards aim to protect patients in clinical research studies by reviewing the protocols before a study begins, approving changes in an ongoing study, and responding to reports of adverse events.

    “Industry funding is part of the modern scientific enterprise. It's a fact of life. Universities should manage [the relationships] to guard against risks and realise …

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