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Widener Law Symposium
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN CLINICAL RESEARCH: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES: FINANCIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: HOW ARE WE MANAGING?
8 Wid. L. Symp. J. 1
Erica Rose, J.D.*
Within the clinical research setting, there are numerous opportunities for a variety of conflicts of interest to develop. The dedication of successful clinical investigators to their work, and the drive for positive results, can subtly or overtly influence behavior and generate conflicts between competing objectives. Researchers, and others involved in the clinical research process, may be confronted by pressure to achieve career advancement (e.g., the desire to obtain promotion or tenure), research funding, or power and prestige. Further motivation may flow from a commitment to improving human health. These incentives are not mutually exclusive nor are they necessarily simple to characterize or classify. Financial gain may be linked, directly or indirectly, to some or all of these considerations.
The intent of this paper is to describe the complex subset of issues specifically related to conflicts of interest that directly involve a financial relationship and occur within the clinical research context. This article aims to present a starting point for contemplation of the multitude of issues surrounding such financial conflicts of interest, including how these conflicts arise, and how select groups have engaged in conflict identification and management. Hopefully, this initial consideration will stimulate further examination of the matter and help interested parties start to articulate the questions and concerns stakeholders share, with the ultimate goal of working together toward solutions.
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