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US university sets up conflict of interest office after investigation into drug company payments

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2200 (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2200
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, said that it was setting up a new office to oversee conflict of interest issues.

    The US Senate Finance Committee is investigating Charles Nemeroff, chairman of the university’s department of psychiatry and behavioural sciences, for allegedly not reporting payments from drug companies.

    The university said that the new central office “will help us ensure strong conflict of interest policies and procedures university-wide.”

    The National Institutes of Health froze a $9.3m (£5.4m; €6.9m), five year grant to Dr Nemeroff on 15 August. Dr Nemeroff temporarily stepped down as department chairman, although he remains a professor. …

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