Fry-Revere S, Malmstrom DB.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medical research (Ethical aspects)
Medicine, Experimental (Ethical aspects)
Conflict of interests (Agency) (Prevention)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: IRB: Ethics & Human Research Publisher: Hastings Center Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Hastings Center ISSN: 0193-7758
Issue: Date: May-June, 2010 Source Volume: 32 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs Advertising Code: 91 Ethics
Product: Product Code: 8000200 Medical Research; 9105220 Health Research Programs; 8000240 Epilepsy & Muscle Disease R&D; 9918940 Conflict of Interest NAICS Code: 54171 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs
Persons: Named Person: Fry-Revere, S.; Malmstrom, D.B.
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 239462730
Full Text: Fry-Revere S, Malmstrom DB. More regulation of industry-supported biomedical research: Are we asking the right questions? Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 2009:37(3)420-430. * According to Fry-Revere and Malmstrom, there is not strong evidence to suggest a correlation between industry-supported biomedical research and poor or inappropriate clinical outcomes. Alternatively, they argue that industry having a financial stake in the trial outcomes may in fact lead to better, more careful research. Attempts to limit industry financing of biomedical research could have many negative effects, including making drugs that could save lives less readily available. Critics often falsely mistake conflicts of interest with conflicts of obligations, thus leading some to assume that conflicts of interest are inherently problematic by virtue of the fact that conflicts of obligation can indeed be ethically difficult. The authors suggest patients should be better empowered to ask probing questions, rather than falling on the assumption that physicians always know what is in their best interests.
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