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August 1, 2012

Incomplete Financial Disclosure in a Viewpoint on Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (offit@email.chop.edu).

JAMA. 2012;308(5):454. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7751

To the Editor: I would like to report an incomplete financial disclosure related to a Viewpoint published in JAMA.1 While the topic of the Viewpoint was complementary and alternative therapies, vaccine safety was mentioned. I did not understand then that conflicts of interest related to vaccines needed to be reported. I would like to disclose that I am the co-inventor and co-patent holder of the bovine-human reassortant rotavirus vaccine Rotateq. My hospital sold the patent more than 3 years ago, but I retained interest in the vaccine through the Wistar Institute. I sold that interest 2 years ago and do not currently receive royalties from the sales of Rotateq. In addition, I have been the author of a number of books related to vaccine safety; all profits from the sales of these books are donated to charity.

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