Pharma backing of advocacy groups: a call for transparency

Lawmakers concerned about a mounting opioid crisis are pushing for the pharmaceutical industry to fully disclose their financial influence on patient advocacy groups.

Last week Ontario enacted a provincial law requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose payments made to such groups, as well as professional medical societies.

This came just two weeks after a U.S. Senate report revealed that five major opioid producers gave over $10 million to third-party advocacy groups — and affiliated...

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