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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.—Dr Hsu agreed with my call for making conflict of interest policies as clear and explicit as possible. I am grateful that he pointed out that patients are also important stakeholders in this process. The University of California, San Francisco, Chancellor's Committee on Relations With Industry, which I described in my Editorial, has 2 members from the lay community. Mr Trevett reinforces the point made in my Editorial that gifts should be subjected to the same scrutiny as research grants, particularly when legal arrangements regarding technology transfer are involved.