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Half of NCI Cancer Center Physician Directors Received Industry Payments in 2017

In 2017, about half of physician directors of National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer centers received industry payments, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Our findings raise the question of whether industry payments to the directors of publicly supported institutions, such as NCI-designated cancer centers, serve the public interest,” David Carr, MD, of University of California, San Diego, and H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, of Thetford, Vermont, wrote in the research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine. “Policy makers—and the public—should consider whether such payments should be allowed, limited, or eliminated.”

Carr and Welch used data from 2015 to 2017 in the Open Payments database, which includes payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies for all US physicians. In 2017, there were 53 physician directors of NCI-designated…

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