Advisory Committee Policy Allows Members With Financial Conflicts To Vote
FDA advisory committee participants with personal financial conflicts of interest may fully participate in committee meetings, according to the agency's new conflict of interest policy. The final guidance eliminates the draft provision that financial conflicts of any sort preclude an opportunity for panelists to vote
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