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Capitol Health Call
October 11, 2006

NIH Ethics Violations

JAMA. 2006;296(14):1720. doi:10.1001/jama.296.14.1720-d

National Institutes of Heath (NIH) officials have not adequately disciplined agency scientists for violating ethics rules regarding outside consulting agreements, House members charged on September 13.

At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, NIH officials were asked why only 2 of 44 NIH scientists found to have violated ethics rules on outside consulting agreement face possible prosecution for criminal activity and remain employed by the agency. NIH Deputy Director Raynard Kington, MD, told the committee that administrative actions against 34 of the 44 scientists were under way and that cases against the other 10 had been sent to the agency's Office of Inspector General for possible prosecution.

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