Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Lilly lifting the veil

Eli Lilly & Co. announced that it will be publicly disclosing which organizations receive grant funding from the company. From the Wall Street Journal article:
Lilly's decision to disclose its grants was prompted in part by an investigation into drug company donations by the Senate Finance Committee. The committee's report last week said while there is separation between grants and sales and marketing, potential for abuse remains. Some Eli Lilly executives had worried revealing the company's grants could expose recipients to criticism and bring more scrutiny. But ultimately, Lilly decided to disclose the details after an internal analysis showed the marketing department wasn't influencing the grant office's decisions, says Michael Bigelow, Lilly's assistant general counsel. Lilly shouldn't have to feel "apologetic" about the grants, he adds.
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