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UW Health to post signs on doctors' outside work

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Signs will be posted in UW Health clinics next month telling patients that drug companies may be paying their doctors for research or consulting work.

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials say they will post the signs as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen conflict-of-interest policies.

The dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health says patients also will be able to request details on their doctors' activities.

Faculty in all fields must report outside income and say whether pay from each company exceeds $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000.

But Dean Robert Golden says he wants doctors to report exact amounts so patients are better informed.

Golden says one doctor reported making more than $20,000 per year from a medical device company. That person actually received $400,000.

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