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CDC Foundation Ties to Industry Raise Conflict of Interest Concerns

In 2015, an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) by the associate editor, Jeanne Lenzer, revealed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accepts funding from the pharmaceutical industry and other for-profit corporations. Lenzer highlights that pharmaceuticals and other types of private companies can and do fund CDC projects via the CDC Foundation.  Established by Congress in the mid-1990s, the foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as a liaison between the CDC and the private sector to advance public health programs. This public-private partnership has raised concerns regarding conflicts of interest between a federal health agency that makes national public health policy and conducts public health programs often involving use of pharmaceutical and other products marketed by for-profit companies.  Read more....



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