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Speaker programs highlighted in new HHS OIG special fraud alert

Stacy Pritt (mailto:stacy.pritt@utsouthwestern.edu) is Assistant Vice President, Conflict of Interest & Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Export Control Officer, Faculty Associate in Psychiatry (Ethics Division), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Meredith Noto (meredith.brown@utsouthwestern.edu) is Assistant Director of Conflict of Interest and Export Control at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

On November 16, 2020, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an alert entitled “Special Fraud Alert: Speaker Programs.”[1] The alert was distributed because of the “fraud and abuse risks associated with the offer, payment, solicitation, or receipt of remuneration relating to speaker programs by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.”

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