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New England Journal Relaxes Conflict Rules
Washington Post June 12, 2002

The New England Journal of Medicine is relaxing its conflict-of-interest rules for authors of certain articles because it cannot find enough experts without financial ties to drug companies.

The change, announced in today's issue, applies to experts who write either editorials or review articles, which are overviews of research on a specific drug or treatment, rather than original studies.

The change brings the journal's policy into line with that of other medical publications.

Since 1990, the journal's rule was that authors of review articles or editorials could have no financial interest in a company that made a product discussed in the article, or in any competitor of such a product.

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