My opinion: As we see cases like this occurring in different places around the country, I wonder if there is any way to prevent them. I think, though it is not illegal, doctors and researchers are also "bribed" by the pharmaceutical industry to promote their drugs. Recently, one clinic in Oregon decided to become "pharma-free" - in other words, they don't accept any money/representatives from pharmaceutical companies. They hope that this will allow the doctors more freedom of choice in medications. But in this case, I think it might be more difficult to remove the temptation. Perhaps employers should carefully monitor other companies and organizations with competing interests. I also think that it is important for fellow employees to have a general understanding of what is going on in the workplace - this is potentially helpful advice for all fields! Anything better? Should NYU watch employees on the basis of race, or could this turn into discrimination? Feel free to comment.
3 N.Y.U. Scientists Accepted Bribes From China, U.S. Says
Published: May 20, 2013
It was, the chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan said on Monday, “a case of inviting and paying for foxes in the henhouse.”
Three researchers at the New York University School of Medicine who specialized in magnetic resonance imaging technology had been working on research sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
But, prosecutors charged on Monday, the three had their eyes on other business as well. They conspired to take bribes from a Chinese medical imaging company and a Chinese-sponsored research institute to share nonpublic information about their N.Y.U. work, according to the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan.