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The Markingson Files: Conflicts of interest in clinical trials should be transparent

It can be uncomfortable asking people about their finances. In journalism, though, there is an obligation not only to ask, but to ask for proof — especially with clinical trials.

The Markingson Files: Can pressure to recruit patients subvert a clinical trial?

Bioethicist and writer Carl Elliott used many documents to piece together the story of how a research team desperate for patients helped create a pipeline for clinical trial participants by setting up a psychiatric ward. Here's how he did it.

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