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Links between non-profit foundations and companies pose potential conflicts of interest

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2490
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Big philanthropic foundations are transforming public health around the world, but their links to food and drug companies pose potential conflicts of interest, says a study.

The research says that some of the corporations benefit directly from grants from foundations, and foundations in turn have investments in the corporations to which they award the grants.

Foundation board members and decision makers also sit on the boards of some for-profit corporations benefiting from their grants.

Three experts on public health examined the activities, financial investments, and institutional relations of five of …

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