Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Conflicts of Interest Abound in Diabetes Guidelines Committees

(from Medscape)

Reed Miller

October 12, 2011 (New York, New York) — About half the experts serving on the committees that wrote national clinical guidelines for diabetes and hyperlipidemia over the past decade had potential financial conflicts of interest (COI), and about 4% had conflicts that were not disclosed [1].

Dr Jennifer Neuman (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY) and colleagues reviewed the financial ties to industry of 288 panel members who served on 14 guidelines committees in the US and Canada between 2000 and 2010. Results of their study were published online October 11, 2011 in BMJ.

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