Our good blog friend juniorprof has a post up on the latest round in the BigPharma/scientist payola stakes. I had referenced an investigation being conducted by Senator Charles Grassley in the context of Charles Nemeroff's little boo-boo. Apparently this was just the beginning as juniorprof notes:
Apparently Charles Grassley (Rep, Iowa) has expanded his probe of illegal (or at least unethical) Pharma payments to University based researchers. This time, he is demanding financial disclosures from a group of cardiologists at Columbia University
The NIH was warned about the dangers of the problem years ago by one of its own scientists, Ned Feder, who wrote letters to several publications suggesting that the agency require its grantees to publicly disclose money they earn from medical companies. Instead of heeding Dr. Feder's advice, the agency punished him.