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Federal bills call for disclosure of doctor-company ties

The New York Times ran an article today on so-called "sunshine" provisions being wrapped into Congress' health-reform bills. The legislation would require companies to disclose their financial relationships with medical researchers, and would establish an online database for the public to search.

Though not mentioned in this article, some medical centers, including the Cleveland Clinic and University of Pennsylvania, already require faculty to publicly disclose their ties with industry. At Stanford, academic profiles on the school's Web site now include a section about faculty members’ consulting relationships with specific companies. This disclosure policy went into effect on Aug. 26.

Previously: Faculty consulting work: now on public view

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