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March 13, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

VA Suppressed Data on Gulf War Vets' Health Problems, Former Official Says



Stethescope The Department of Veterans Affairs has suppressed evidence that Gulf War veterans’ health problems could be linked to their exposure to toxic substances during the 1991 war, a former VA epidemiologist alleges.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

February 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

POGO's Staff Scientist Says New Doctor Rules Promote Transparency



Drug and FDA Issues New disclosure rules for doctors on advisory panels for the Food and Drug Administration are meant to increase transparency without discouraging doctors from serving on the panels, according to Ned Feder, POGO's staff scientist.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

February 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Government to Require Greater Doctor Payment Transparency



Drug and FDA Issues The federal government announced it would require drug and medical device makers to publicly disclose their payments to doctors and hospitals.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

January 12, 2012

By Adam Zagorin

In Bed with Big Pharma? Industry Liaisons Raise Questions at the FDA



Photograph of an empty pack of birth control pills by "No comment." That's what the spokesman for a leading academic and member of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel said when asked whether the member's ties to Bayer, the German drug giant, had "affected her judgment in any way regarding her vote o

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