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Royalty payments to staff researchers cause new NIH troubles

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:162
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Patients who took part in clinical trials at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) had no idea that scientists at the institutes received $8.9m (£4.8m; €6.8m) in royalty payments and might benefit financially for the use of their discoveries by pharmaceutical companies and device makers, reports from Associated Press allege. This information was not made public until the press agency obtained the information after filing a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The press agency has reported that 916 present and former NIH researchers received annual royalty payments averaging $9700 but …

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