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Grassley to APA: Open your books

Senator linkurl:Charles Grassley;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53381/ (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a stark warning to the American Psychiatric Association on Thursday (July 10): Clearly outline the pharmaceutical industry's financial influence on your workings or incur my wrath! Well, maybe Grassley didn't use those __exact__ words. "I have come to understand that money from the pharmaceutical industry can shape the practices of non-profit organiza

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Senator linkurl:Charles Grassley;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53381/ (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a stark warning to the American Psychiatric Association on Thursday (July 10): Clearly outline the pharmaceutical industry's financial influence on your workings or incur my wrath! Well, maybe Grassley didn't use those __exact__ words. "I have come to understand that money from the pharmaceutical industry can shape the practices of non-profit organizations which purport to be independent in their viewpoints and actions," Grassley wrote in a linkurl:letter;http://finance.senate.gov/press/Gpress/2008/prg071008h.pdf to APA CEO linkurl:James Scully.;http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/41/1/4 "I would appreciate an accounting of industry funding that pharmaceutical companies and/or the foundations established by these companies have provided to the American Psychiatric Association (APA)." Grassley's language my be genial - as it tends to be in letters volleyed between the Senate conflict of interest hunter and his quarry - but his message is clear. The Senator has spent the better part of this year...

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