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September 9, 1998

Corporate Gifts to Academic Researchers—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(10):883-884. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-10-jac80015

In Reply.—We agree with Dr Hsu that our study does not define how pervasive gift giving is among all university faculty and the effect of gifts on the actual behavior of researchers. As we mentioned in the "Comment" section, our study was not designed to address these issues. We hope that future studies will seek answers to these important questions.

We agree with Mr Trevett that, currently, exchanges of biomaterials often are negotiated under the auspices of an MTA. However, it is not known how frequently biomaterials are given to faculty without an MTA, and, thus, we cannot assume that all exchanges of biomaterials are as closely monitored as Trevett's experience implies. At the time our survey questionnaire was written in 1993, MTAs may have been used less frequently than they are today. If we were repeating this study, we would solicit additional information that would allow us to address these issues.

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