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June 23, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
The National Institutes of Health will drastically tighten policies that have allowed hundreds of consulting deals between drug companies and scientists at the nation's leading center for public health research, its director told a congressional panel Tuesday. Announcing a sweeping set of reforms, NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni also said that he would demand public disclosure of any future industry payments to agency employees.
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May 18, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
The acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has ordered an agencywide inquiry to determine the extent of biomedical company payments to officials at the regulatory agency, it was learned Monday. The inquiry was launched this month as congressional investigators began examining millions of dollars in industry payments -- previously blocked from public view -- to scientists at the National Institutes of Health.
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May 13, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
Members of Congress from both parties on Wednesday criticized conflict-of-interest policies at the National Institutes of Health and told the agency's director that the recent recommendations of his blue-ribbon advisory panel fell short of what was needed. After listening to the criticisms at a hearing on Capitol Hill, NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni conceded for the first time that the agency's policies had "failed."
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May 12, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
A blue-ribbon panel that examined conflict of interest at the National Institutes of Health found permissive practices that were not detailed in its final report last week, internal agency documents show. The documents also show that top aides to NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni were allowed to review and comment privately on the panel's draft findings. Congressional investigators have expressed interest in the circumstances surrounding compilation of the report, issued Thursday.
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March 13, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
The National Institutes of Health should prohibit its top officials from accepting many consulting payments from drug companies, and require public disclosure of any payments made to such officials, former NIH Director Harold E. Varmus said on Friday. Appearing before the NIH's blue-ribbon panel on conflict of interest, Varmus also said the agency should discourage its scientists from accepting large amounts of money from companies or spending too much time on nongovernment work.
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March 2, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
Federal ethics lawyers announced Monday that scores of high-level scientists at the National Institutes of Health will now be required to publicly disclose any income from drug companies or other outside employers. Lawyers from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics said that all deputy directors, scientific directors and clinical-research directors at the NIH would now have to state their outside income and other assets on a yearly basis.
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February 27, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
Two leading Democrats in the House of Representatives called on 10 major drug companies Thursday to reveal how much they had paid in consulting fees and stock options to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The request comes as congressional investigators have been frustrated in their recent attempts to pry the information from NIH officials. Rep. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, the senior Democrat on the Government Reform Committee, and Rep.
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February 26, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
The National Institutes of Health has not yet reported to Congress how much money its scientists have made consulting for drug companies despite a request made more than two months ago, a subcommittee chairman complained Wednesday. Rep. James C. Greenwood (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson for his assistance in forcing disclosure.
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January 23, 2004 | David Willman and Jon Marino, Times Staff Writers
Top-level officials at the National Institutes of Health -- amid sharp criticism from congressional leaders -- have stopped accepting consulting fees and stock options from drug companies, the agency's leader told a Senate hearing on Thursday. "As of this moment, no director has any outside biotechnology or pharmaceutical relationship," said the leader of the NIH, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, referring to the directors of the agency's research institutes and centers. "Those have been stopped." Sen.
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January 17, 2004 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
Three leading House Democrats on Friday asked the General Accounting Office to investigate consulting fees and stock options paid by drug companies to employees at the National Institutes of Health. Citing details from a Los Angeles Times article published last month, the House members called for an "investigation into potential conflicts of interest" at the federal government's center for medical research on humans.
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