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New rules on doctors and medical firms amid ethics concerns

New York Times, January 26, 2009
There has been an ethical makeover under way within the medical device industry, a field that has been troubled by federal investigations and bad publicity over the volatile issue of frequently undisclosed financial ties between companies and physicians. And while there is little question that battles over how much companies, doctors and medical institutions disclose about their financial ties will continue, some experts on medical conflicts of interest see the rapid fall of resistance by most major companies indicates that a turning point has arrived.