Next year, the federal government will launch a publicly accessible database of industry payments to doctors. Surprised to hear that? So were a group of physicians surveyed last month, the majority of whom "were unaware of the so-called 'Sunshine Act,' written by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and former Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), to expose financial relationships between medical practitioners and industry players." Healthwatch has the story.
Previously: The NIH gets tough on conflicts of interest, Stanford’s medical school expands its policy to limit industry access, Faculty consulting work: now on public view and Let the sun shine: Legislation would publicly disclose physician-industry relationships