The Food and Drug Administration linkurl:unveiled;http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01871.html new, tougher linkurl:conflict of interest;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24056/ rules yesterday (Aug 4). Key among the regulations was one that linkurl:prohibits;http://www.fda.gov/oc/advisory/GuidancePolicyRegs/ACWaiverCriteriaFINALGuidance080408.pdf physicians or researchers who have more than $50,000 worth of financial interests in pharmaceutical or medical device companies from offering expert advice as members of linkurl:FDA advisory panels.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53953/ The new rules, issued in one draft guidance and four final guidance documents, also state that the FDA will linkurl:publically release;http://www.fda.gov/oc/advisory/GuidancePolicyRegs/AC48HourFINALGuidance080408.pdf briefing materials pertaining to advisory committee meetings no later than 48 hours before the meeting occurs, and that votes taken at these meetings will occur linkurl:simultaneously;http://www.fda.gov/oc/advisory/GuidancePolicyRegs/ACVotingFINALGuidance080408.pdf rather than sequentially, avoiding the potential for one vote to affect the next. The FDA also claims to have made its linkurl:Web site;http://www.fda.gov/ more navigable so that the public can easily access information relating to advisory panels. "It's imperative that we seek advice from independent experts, and that we do so in...
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