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Rand Paul demands Fauci, NIH scientists disclose pharmaceutical royalties

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants federal employees to disclose the royalties they receive from new innovations, an issue he says has been a “longstanding concern.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we had vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Later, these vaccines were mandated for the population by the entire government, the military, and various governors across the country, but still, people were not getting the shots. “We don’t know if the people who have received the vaccine have received either the vaccine or the mandate from Big Pharma,” Paul told Fox News Digital in an interview Thursday.

Mr. Paul’s bill, the Loyalty Transparency Act of 2024, passed unanimously in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup on Wednesday.

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If passed, it would require public disclosure of royalties paid to federal employees in an online database for anyone to view.

“This is what I asked when I went [Dr.] “We had Anthony Fauci on our committee,” Paul said, “and I said, you know, we need to know this, this is a fundamental conflict of interest issue. And he was basically blaming the American people.” Fauci is the former. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and former Chief Medical Advisor to the President.

Paul said the bill would allow “the people” who are approving medicines to know “if they’re receiving funding from the same companies that are making the vaccines.”

Decades of controversy over the transparency of royalty payments at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues as the agency refuses to disclose how much researchers are paid. There is.

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NIH scientists reportedly received $400 million in royalties from third-party companies for medical inventions they created. Some of them were also found to have ties to foreign organizations such as the Chinese Communist Party.

Last summer, government watchdog groups open the books From 2009 to 2016, more than 1,800 government scientists were found to have collected 27,244 royalty payments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

This is not the first time royalty payments have come under scrutiny. In 2005, an Associated Press investigation revealed potential conflicts of interest for government employees in their work. clinical trial You can receive royalty payments for your products at the same time.

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In response to the report, the NIH pledged that scientists would fully disclose how much they pay patients, but some lawmakers are now calling for more transparency.

“So it’s not a small amount,” Paul said. “This is a significant amount of money for scientists, which is why some scientists receive multi-million dollar salaries from large pharmacy companies, which are not made available to the public.”

To become law, Paul’s bill must pass the full House and Senate and be signed by the president.

Fox News Digital reached out to the NIH and Fauci for comment, but did not hear back at press time.

FOX News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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