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Study Finds Conflict of Interest in 80% of Patient Organizations
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that more than 80% of patient advocacy groups accept money from companies that manufacture drugs or medical devices. For some groups, the donations make up more than half of their annual income.
The study looked at 104 nonprofit patient advocacy groups, the type of organizations that represent people with a given disease or condition and which have a role in helping direct public debate about health care in the United States. Medical researchers are often required to disclose any conflicts of interest caused by financial ties to drug and device makers when they publish their research. The study also found that transparency about industry donations varied widely among organizations, with some going into detail about how much they received from industry sources in their financial records.
McCoy MS, et al: Conflicts of interest for patient-advocacy organizations. N Engl J Med 2017; 376:880-885. March 2, 2017 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1610625.