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Subject: NIH may impose moratorium on drug consulting
Date: September 25, 2004 at 8:55 am PST

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Subject: NIH may impose moratorium on drug consulting
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 11:00:19 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Sept. 24, 2004, 10:58PMTSS

NIH may impose moratorium on drug consulting

Proposed 1-year ban would cover 5,000 researchers

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Some 5,000 scientists at the National Institutes of Health
may be banned from doing any consulting work with drug companies for at
least a year, the latest fallout from a conflict-of-interest scandal.

In a surprise move, the government's premier research agency announced
the proposed moratorium in a staff memo Friday. It still must be
approved by top Bush administration officials before taking effect.

The issue doesn't affect scientists' official duties in turning basic
research into health treatments, duties that often involve some work
with industry.

Instead, it has to do with a fraction of NIH scientists — about 120 by
one count — apparently arranging secret consulting deals with industry.

>>>In one case uncovered by Congress, Pfizer Inc. allegedly paid an NIH
researcher half a million dollars over five years, in part to help the
company's research of brain disease.<<<

NIH still is investigating how often federal ethics regulations
regarding conflicts of interest were violated. It already has tightened
restrictions on such collaborations, including banning any outside
consulting by top NIH officials.

During that investigation, "we have identified vulnerabilities in our
system that give us pause," NIH deputy director Raynard Kington wrote to
employees. He gave no details, but said in an interview that the
moratorium, if granted, would apply to all NIH scientists.


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