Do patient advocacy organizations have a conflict of interest?

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At least 83% of U.S. patient advocacy organizations receive financial support from medical device, drug and biotechnology companies, according to new research out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

The Penn research team – which included Matthew McCoy, Harald Schmidt and Ezekiel Emanuel – examined websites and annual reports for 104 organizations with annual revenues over $7.5 million.

Most of the organizations examined took money from the companies they also worked with on behalf of patients. But other than that, there were few details when it came to the exact amount of donations and how the organizations used the donations.

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