The article describes Grassley’s efforts to improve transparency and disclosure of payments from drug companies to its researchers. He also has proposed “restructuring the FDA to make it easier for agency scientists to speak out if safety problems come to light after a drug is on the market. He also wants drug and medical-device companies to publish payments to researchers and doctors on a public Web site.”
Grassley’s doggedness has won praise:
“His scrutiny of the relationships between academic physicians and industry has resulted in greater transparency and accountability for our profession,” said Steve Nissen, an Avandia critic and head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, which recently started disclosing payments from drug companies to its researchers.