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Boston Hospital to Tighten Doctor Speaking Rules

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 4:56am
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston hospital is looking at tightening enforcement of its conflict of interest policy after determining that one doctor violated rules by earning thousands of dollars as a speaker for a pharmaceutical company. The Boston Globe reports that Dr. Karen Antman, provost of the Boston University Medical Campus, and leaders at Boston Medical Center have reconvened the committee that oversees doctors' relationships with the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. The hospital says the group will review "speakers bureau participation and control of presentation content and methods to monitor physician activities." Antman determined that Dr. Elliot Sternthal, an endocrinologist who was paid $11,587.50 by Eli Lilly & Co., was in violation of the hospital's policy because he was not in full control of his presentation.

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