Institute of Medicine Report Targets Conflicts of Interest

Lexington, VA Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Prof. Timothy S. Jost

Institute of Medicine Report on Conflicts of Interest
Listen to Prof. Jost explain some of the goals and innovative approaches contained in the IOM report.
A report released today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) urges sweeping reforms within the medical and pharmaceutical industries aimed at ending conflicts of interest.

Timothy S. Jost, the Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University and a health law expert, served on the 17 member group who produced the report. Jost was the only lawyer on the report committee.

Read the IOM Press Release

Among its many suggestions, the report urges complete disclosure in a national database of monetary exchanges between doctors, institutions and drug and medical device companies that could lead to conflicts of interest. The report also recommends that drug companies stop giving gifts of any kind to physicians.

"There is considerable evidence that even small gifts influence judgment," says Jost. "Doctors should be exercising judgment for their patients, not for the profit of pharmaceutical companies."

Media coverage of the IOM report is available at the links below:

Jost has served as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Medicine and has authored or reviewed several other reports issued by the organization, which is part of the National Academy of the Sciences. He is a co-author of the casebook Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law, and of a treatise and hornbook by the same name. He is also the author of Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study; Disentitlement? The Threats Facing our Public Health Care Programs and a Rights-Based Response; and Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics. His most recent book is Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement from Duke University Press.

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