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November 23/30, 2005

Conflicts of Interest and Independent Data Analysis in Industry-Funded Studies

JAMA. 2005;294(20):2575-2577. doi:10.1001/jama.294.20.2575-b

To the Editor: In their Editorial, Dr Fontanarosa and colleagues1 discussed JAMA policies regarding conflicts of interest and the role of sponsors in funded studies. They addressed requirements for data analysis, which are reflected in the current Instructions for Authors: “For industry-sponsored studies . . . an independent data analysis must be conducted by statisticians at an academic institution with access to the raw data set, rather than only by statisticians employed by the company sponsoring the research.”2