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Medical journal eases rule silencing filers of complaints

Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2009

The Journal of the American Medical Association backed off a policy ordering public silence from anyone filing a complaint about study authors' possible undisclosed financial conflicts until a probe is complete. In March, the editors of JAMA published an online editorial in which they said anyone filing a complaint about unreported conflicts of interest would "be specifically informed that he/she should not reveal this information to third parties or the media while the investigation is underway."