There have been fewer government-funded studies on medical treatments during the past decade, while industry-funded clinical trials have risen sharply, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Looking at all federally registered clinical trials from 2006 to 2014, the researchers found that those funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decreased 24 percent to 1,048; those sponsored by industry (primarily pharmaceutical companies testing their own products) increased 43 percent to 6,550.
That’s unfortunate, since government research is independent and much less susceptible to bias. The drop in federal trials can be attributed largely to a decline in the NIH budget (adjusted for inflation). Also rising in number were trials funded by other sources, including universities, organizations, and non-U.S. agencies.
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