Jan 23, 2014 – Revealing Relationships

January 23, 2014

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ANCHOR LEAD: WILL INDUSTRY/ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS IMPERIL TRUST? ELIZABETH TRACEY
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Industry often engages academic institutions, Johns Hopkins among them, to study their drugs, products or devices, and this is an important source of funding. Ben Park, a cancer researcher at Hopkins, says he opts for full disclosure so patients feel they’ve been fully informed.

PARK: I always tell patients when I recommend their diagnostic tests, I say just as full disclosure I want to tell you that I am now doing research with this company under a contractual agreement, because I really believe in them but at the same time when I tell you that I think this is a great test you have to know that. Another company that I have a relationship with I didn’t think there was great utility to the test. I can’t say that for sure because a clinical test hasn’t been done yet, so part of what we’ve done now is actually partner with this company to see in a really rigorous clinical study, does this test actually lead to a difference in outcome? :33

Park believes such joint projects between industry and academia help assure patients that independent evaluation has been undertaken when a recommendation is made. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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