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US national academies' panellists are accused of financial conflicts

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:219

Washington Bob Roehr

Nearly one in five scientists on the study panels of the US National Academies of Science have direct financial ties to companies or industry groups with a direct stake in the outcome of the study, says a report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. However, it does not say how or even whether these ties affect the recommendations made in those studies.

The report evaluated the ties of 320 panel members who served on 21 committees over the past two and a half years. It found that 18% of the panellists had such direct ties. More than 8000 scientists serve …

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