A review of the federal guidelines that inform and influence relationships between physicians and industry

Robert H. Birkhahn, Edward Jauch, David A. Kramer, Richard M. Nowak, Ali S. Raja, Richard L. Summers, Jim Edward Weber, Deborah B. Diercks

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Abstract

The effective delivery and continued advancement of health care is critically dependent on the relationship between physicians and industry. The private sector accounts for 60% of the funding for clinical research and more than 50% of the funding sources for physician education. The nature of the physician-industry relationship and the role of the physician as a gatekeeper for health care make this association vulnerable to abuse if certain safeguards are not observed. This article will review the current federal guidelines that affect the physician-industry relationship and highlight several illustrative cases to show how the potential for abuse can subvert this relationship. The recommendations and "safe harbors" that have been designed to guide business relationships in health care are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-781
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Fraud
  • Industry relations
  • Office of the inspector general
  • Pharmaceutical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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    Birkhahn, R. H., Jauch, E., Kramer, D. A., Nowak, R. M., Raja, A. S., Summers, R. L., Weber, J. E., & Diercks, D. B. (2009). A review of the federal guidelines that inform and influence relationships between physicians and industry. Academic Emergency Medicine, 16(8), 776-781. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00460.x