NIH pro­poses new set of con­flict-of-in­ter­est rules

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The Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health has pro­posed an up­dated set of rules for re­port­ing and man­ag­ing fi­nan­cial con­flicts of in­ter­est among in­ves­ti­ga­tors work­ing on NIH-funded med­i­cal re­search. NIH Di­rec­tor Francis Collins said dur­ing a news brief­ing that the up­dated reg­u­la­tions are in­tended to pro­mote trans­parency and en­sure that an in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s find­ings are not in­flu­enced by any fi­nan­cial in­ter­est in or pay­ments from com­pa­nies with an in­vest­ment in the out­come of cer­tain re­search. “Clearly to move for­ward with in­no­va­tions, part­ner­ships be­tween sci­en­tists and in­dus­try re­main im­por­tant,” Collins said. “At the same time, we have to pro­tect pa­tients and main­tain the pub­lic trust.” The NIH awards more than $23 bil­lion in re­search grants an­nu­ally to uni­ver­si­ties, med­i­cal schools and other re­search in­sti­tu­tions. Un­der the pro­posed up­dates, the thresh­old for re­port­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s fi­nan­cial in­ter­est to the NIH would be low­ered to $5,000 from $10,000. The re­spon­si­bil­ity of de­ter­min­ing and dis­clos­ing such con­flicts would move from in­di­vid­ual in­ves­ti­ga­tors to in­sti­tu­tions—such as med­i­cal schools—that have been awarded NIH re­search grants.

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