The World Medical Association developed the Declaration of Helsinki as a statement regarding ethical principles for medical research involving human research participants and directs physicians to promote and safeguard the health, well-being, and rights of patients. Included in this declaration is the requirement that each potential research participant be informed of possible conflicts of interest among the researchers conducting the study.1 Many clinical trials and biomedical research projects are funded by the private sector and have led to the development of important novel therapeutics and devices that improve the health of individuals and society.
Cigarroa FG, Masters BS, Sharphorn D. Institutional Conflicts of Interest and Public Trust. JAMA. 2018;320(22):2305–2306. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18482
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