US conflict-of-interest case draws attention across continent

A conflict-of-interest case in Oregon is gaining attention across the United States and Canada for the precedent it may set regarding how much physicians should disclose to patients about their financial ties to medical companies.

Two physicians in Salem, Dr. Matthew Fedor and Dr. Kyong Turk, were charged under Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act. The doctors implanted defibrillators and pacemakers without disclosing to patients that they had been paid by the devices’ manufacturer, Biotronik, to train sales representatives from the company. Read more in CMAJ.