Friday, April 1, 2011

Study Finds Conflicts of Interest Among Medical Panelists -

Doctors with private financial conflicts of interest dominated some of the panels that wrote guidelines on cardiovascular health in recent years, according to a medical journal study released on Monday.

Penn Medicine

Dr. James N. Kirkpatrick, the study's senior author.

University of Miami Health System

Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, president of the American Heart Association.

The guideline panels are the select groups of experts who are assigned to evaluate science independently and issue their advice to other doctors on what to do in clinical practice. The guidelines influence medical care, product choice, insurance coverage, government policy and malpractice cases.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that conflicts of interest were reported by 56 percent of 498 people who helped write 17 guidelines for the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, from 2003 through 2008.

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