Surgeons Fail to Disclose Big Payments

Close to half of surgeons who received upwards $1 million from companies that make orthopedic devices did not disclose this fact when they published medical journal articles.  A cross-check of records found major gaps in reporting of compensation.

Members of Congress have been attempting to limit the influence drugmakers have over medicine in the U.S. following an investigation which revealed that psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman and others failed to fully disclose payments from drug companies.

Reuters reports:

“Out of 95 published articles, fewer than half disclosed a financial relationship between the researcher and company, and none hinted at the size of the payments.  Nearly all of the articles were directly related to a device, such as a hip implant, made by the company”.

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