Encouraging Openness: Is It Just Lip Service?

July 2008
Clinical Trials Administrator;Jul2008, Vol. 6 Issue 7, p78
The article examines the effectiveness of efforts to encourage openness and transparency in clinical trials. An internal audit of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that 39% of staff did not believe they would be protected from retaliation for blowing the whistle on an alleged violation. It cites the protection received by employers as whistleblowers demonstrated in a case wherein the spinal unit of Medtronic agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of defrauding Medicare.


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