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Conflicts of Interest Rampant Among FDA Advisors, Study Shows

Conflict of Interest on Drug Approval

Story at-a-glance -

  • Physicians and scientists with financial ties to the drug industry should not be permitted to participate in broad policy and public health recommendations, yet this routinely happens
  • A recent study reviewed how financial interests affected the voting behavior of nearly 1,400 FDA advisory committee members who took part in drug approval decisions between 1997 and 2011
  • Members with financial ties to the company sponsoring the drug under review voted in favour of approval 63 percent of the time; members without financial ties had a 52 percent chance of favouring approval
  • Committee members who served on a sponsoring firm’s advisory board had a whopping 84 percent chance of voting in favour of the drug’s approval

By Dr. Mercola

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