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OVER HALF OF HEART EXPERTS HAVE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH on March 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

(Reuters) – Half of the experts involved in writing recent treatment guidelines for heart patients reported a conflict of interest, U.S. researchers said on Monday, raising worries about whose interests are being served.

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Even though the experts are disclosing their ties to companies that produce heart drugs and devices, the phenomenon is important because the guidelines they produce are used to help train new doctors, thus can have long-lasting impact on the way patients are treated…

Of the nearly 500 people studied, 56 percent reported a conflict of interest. The most common conflicts included being a consultant or serving on a company advisory board, followed by getting a research grant, taking money for serving on a speakers’ bureau and owning stock…

Study looks at ties between firms, heart experts | Reuters.

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