Drug companies and medical-device makers would be forced to publicly disclose any money paid to doctors under new U.S. regulations designed to make patients aware of conflicts of interest that may affect their health.
According to CMS, the Sunshine Act’s final rule will be released “soon.”
Expanded public disclosure, according to an interesting Bloomberg article is likely to focus greater scrutiny on physicians serving on FDA advisory panels.
Doctors who now sit on FDA advisory panels must inform the agency about conflicts of interest. The FDA determines when a waiver for a financial conflict may be necessary and otherwise keeps arrangements between doctors and companies secret, even from other panel members.
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