NIH: Public Servant or Private Marketer? Wed, 22 Dec 2004 David Willman of the Los Angeles Times provides an important reminder that the FDA is not the only government healthcare agency to have betrayed the public trust and lost its credibility. While the FDA has lent its seal of approval to unsafe drugs that killed…

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The latest investigative report focusing on financial conflicts of interest by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Willman of the Los Angeles Times, reveals that even as the NIH director, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, announced publicly last year that scientists at the National Institutes of Health would be barred from accepting consulting fees from industry, evidence shows that the ban is clearly not being enforced.

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Internal Investigation Found Widespread Ethical Lapses by NIH Scientists Thu, 14 Jul 2005 In a letter to Congfress, NIH director, Dr. Elias Zerhouni acknowledges: “We discovered cases of employees who consulted with research entities without seeking required approval, consulted in areas that appeared to conflict with their official duties, or consulted in situations where the…

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Three Senior NIH Researchers in COI Controversy Are Leaving – LAT Thu, 10 Mar 2005 The Los Angeles Times reports that three senior NIH researchers whose paid consultancies are central to the heated controversy over professional / financial conflicts of interest are leaving. The revelations that sparked the controversy – the extensive, undisclosed financial ties…

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NIH to Ban Consulting Deals With Drug Firms – LAT / NYT Tue, 1 Feb 2005 Thanks to the investigative reports by David Willman in the Los Angeles Times, shedding light on secret financial ties by sernior scientists at the National Instiutes of Health, the public gained insight into the corrosive nature of such conflicts…

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LA Times: NIH Dissident Scientists Hire Drug Industry Lawyers–Evidence of Journalistic Shilling Fri, 22 Apr 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner David Willman of the Los Angeles Times, whose investigative reporting first revealed the major covert conflicts of interest among top scientists and administrators at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reports that a group of NIH…

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