Re:Isn't there an easier way to control COIs . . . albeit radically different from the current SOP?
"Surely, the research of AW Chan, et al. provides strong documentation of the bias that exists between commercial sponsorship and reported findings"
Well, no, it doesn't. Although both those papers document biased reporting in medical literature, they found that it existed in both commercially sponsored and non-commercially sponsored research. They did not find any significant difference between the two.
Competing interests: My company provides consulting services to pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers, but much more often to the former.