Shining light on doctors’ financial ties to pharma

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The long-simmering concern about how physicians’ financial relationships with industry could compromise medical research and education has led two prominent academic medical centers to declare they will shine a light on these ties. But some doctors wonder whether access to this kind of information is something that matters to patients.

Physicians and biomedical researchers affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania will have their industry ties publicly disclosed, the organizations announced in December 2008.

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