Conflicts of Interest Abound in Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines – Hep

A recent investigation into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has revealed that several committee members tasked with setting official hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment guidelines in 2015 had significant conflicts of interest involving the pharmaceutical and health care industries. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), raises serious concerns about the ethics of the group’s official hepatitis C recommendations, ContagionLive reports. IOM is a division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, a conglomerate of private nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice to international policy makers on health care issues. The group’s 2015 HCV guidelines encompassed protocols on testing, management, treatment and additional aspects of the liver virus that were meant to be considered by doctors around the world as evidence-based and bias-free.

Source: Conflicts of Interest Abound in Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines – Hep

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