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Capitol Health Call
September 14, 2011

Conflict Disclosure

JAMA. 2011;306(10):1073. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1251

Sen Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) is pressing the administration to explain why it appears to be considering weakening rules for public disclosure of financial relationships between physicians and medical companies.

In a letter sent August 4 to Jacob J. Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Grassley said he was concerned following media reports that the OMB might be attempting to weaken conflict-of-interest rules proposed in May 2010 by the Department of Health and Human Services. A key issue for Grassley was the report that the OMB was considering removing the requirement for a publicly available Web site that would publish the potential conflicts of interest of researchers funded by taxpayers (

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