In a move that signals increased pressure on academic medical institutions to disclose financial ties between faculty members and medical-products manufacturers, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to 23 medical schools requesting information about their conflict-of-interest policies.
Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent the letter to medical schools that either failed or declined to respond to an earlier disclosure request made by the American Medical Student Association, according to a news release. The organization sent its disclosure survey to 149 institutions. Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H., and Howard University College of Medicine in Washington are among the institutions that declined to respond to the AMSAs survey.
In his letter to the medical schools, Grassley requested a copy of the institutions conflict-of-interest policies; a list of all National Institutes of Health or other federal agency research grants that each school received between 2004 and 2008; and copies of communication with the NIH about conflicts regarding employees conducting federally funded research.