Conflicts of Interests Affect Fibromyalgia Drug Development

Conflicts of Interests Affect Fibromyalgia Drug Development
Over the last few decades there has been a dramatic rise in pharmaceutical industry funding and support of biomedical research. This has led to financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs) between scientific investigators and industry, raising concerns over the possibility of inappropriate influence of industry on biomedical research. Moreover, most studies so far have demonstrated that industry-funded research is linked to an increased probability of pro-industry results. In a study entitled "Financial conflicts of interest and their association with outcome and quality of fibromyalgia drug therapy randomized controlled trials", published in International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, a team of researchers led by Winnie K. Pang, MD, from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center, analyzed the process of drug development and investigation in the field of fibromyalgia research. The authors concluded that "the majority of FM-RCTs [fibromyalgia drug therapy randomized controlled trials] were industry-sponsored, and had at least one author with an FCOI [financial conflicts of interest]. Reporting of key methodological measures was suboptimal. After adjusting for study sample size, no association of industry funding or author's F
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