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What If The Doctor Running The Study Has A Financial Stake In The Outcome Of The Trial?

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You should be told if the doctor running the study has a financial interest in the outcome. If you’re not told – ask.

Consider the type of the doctor’s interest. For example, if the doctor is the inventor of the drug or device being tested, it is not unusual that the person may have an ownership interest in the company producing the drug or device, or receive a royalty.

A financial interest could cloud a person’s judgment, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t participate in the trial. The financial interest becomes one more factor to consider when deciding whether to join.

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