The New England Journal of Medicine describes its role in a new central repository.
To the Editor:
Re “Medicine’s Financial Contamination” (editorial, Sept. 16):
The New England Journal of Medicine has recognized for decades the fundamental importance of full disclosure of potential conflicts of interest in medical research and practice.
We support the transparency offered by central repositories and to this end have been working closely for more than a year with the Association of American Medical Colleges on the development of Convey, a comprehensive system to maintain the financial interests and disclosures of physicians, researchers and other critical personnel that is now in use by a number of organizations.
Convey offers a centralized repository with standardized data fields and formats for the reporting of financial relationships; it allows people easily to make disclosures to many entities from their existing stored relationships.
The New England Journal of Medicine will be collecting disclosures through Convey; many other journals are in pilot stages or considering adopting the platform.
We encourage all involved in medical care, research or education to adopt Convey as a requirement of employment for their staff members and contributors. This way, when data are extracted from Convey for public use — for example, by journals or in medical education programs — full and accurate disclosure will occur, enhancing the transparency of the entire biomedical enterprise.
Jeffrey M. Drazen
The writer is editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.