CBS News | NIH To Ban Consulting Deals | February 1, 2005?10:30:02
"(CBS) In response to growing criticism, the National Institutes for Health is set to ban its research scientists from accepting consulting deals and any other form of income from drug companies, the Los Angeles Times reports. The newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said new rules will prohibit NIH staffers from accepting income from any biomedical company. And employees who now hold stock in such companies will be required to dispose of it. Four congressional committees have held hearings into conflicts of interest at the NIH. One criticism of the deals scientists have struck with drug companies is that their financial relationship with the firms is seldom disclosed...."