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Public's conflict of interests disclosures are lacking at FDA advisory meetings

McCoy et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Apr 23. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.1324.

Key clinical point: A significant portion of public speakers at certain FDA advisory committee meetings have conflicts of interest.

Major finding: Of 112 speakers, about 25% had a conflict of interest, of which about 20% were undisclosed.

Study details: A study of public speakers at 15 Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) meetings from September 2009 through April 2017 related to the approval of drug products.

Disclosures: Dr. McCoy reports that his spouse is employed by a cancer patient advocacy organization. Dr. Litman reports that he is a member of AADPAC. No other disclosures were reported.

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