While collaboration with industry is paramount to innovation, the recent emphasis on industrial relationship transparency has sparked new guidelines, research studies, and standardizations focused on re-defining conflict of interest. There is limited data on defining the specific financial amount wherein a conflict of interest is relevant. This study is the first to assess the potential financial effects on high-quality clinical data, or the “indirect sponsorship”.
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