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Financial Interests vs. Patient Care

The controversy over biomedical conflicts of interest between doctors and companies continued at a Cleveland Clinic conference yesterday. This relationship is necessary, but it shouldn't cause the financial interest of doctors to get in the way of patient care, advised medical experts. While the issue has increased with the rapid pace of medical innovation, Philip Pizzo, Stanford University's medical dean, said the key is to manage the conflicts, not try to eliminate them.

The Associated Press also reports that as of October 1, Stanford University is prohibiting doctors that work at its hospitals from accepting any gifts in efforts to "eliminate corporate influence from medical decisions." It's not likely that this debate will end anytime soon, considering many doctors need to work with companies, from serving as consultants to being trained on a device's use.

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