Do Industry Payments Serve Patient Interest?

National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers receive public funding that helps shape cancer care provided at the centers. Industry payments—financial compensation given to doctors by pharmaceutical companies—also play a role in shaping cancer care, although these payments do so more indirectly. Researchers used Open Payments—a system that tracks all industry payments made to doctors—in order to examine industry payments made to physician directors at NCIs.For this study, published i...
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