Industry—including drug, medical device and biotechnology companies—is now the leading funder of medical research, and a major sponsor of continuing medical education. Industry also funds guidelines designed to help translate medical research into practice.
In response to growing concern about conflicts of interest and threats to objectivity in medical research, education and practice stemming from industry funding, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened an expert committee that developed principles and recommendations on preventing conflicts of interest and produced a report that was publicly released in September 2009.
Project Director Marilyn J. Field, PhD, and staff at the IOM cited these results to RWJF:
Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice included several key findings, including:
Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice offered 16 recommendations, including: