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Capitol Health Call
April 9, 2008

Consulting Conflicts

JAMA. 2008;299(14):1657. doi:10.1001/jama.299.14.1657-b

Payments from medical device manufacturers to surgeons and physicians may be harming patient care, said Sen Herb Kohl (D, Wis), chairman of the Senate's Special Committee on Aging.

During a February 27 hearing, Kohl, while noting that relationships among the medical device industry, surgeons, and physicians can encourage product innovation, said that these financial interactions have sometimes created conflicts of interest that lead to inappropriate influence over medical decisions.

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