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Clearly, It Was the Dog's Idea

At the WSJ's Health Blog, Alice Mundy writes about a sting operation conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to determine whether companies overseeing clinical studies need more oversight. The committee set up up a sting, posing as a company called Device Med-Systems, with a fake surgical product called Adhesiablog that needed to go through a clinical trial. Coast IRB of Colorado gave the trial the go-ahead and now finds itself the topic of a hearing scheduled for today. Mundy also reports that the panel planned to set up a fake IRB — with a Capitol Hill staffer's three-legged dog, Trooper, as its CEO.