Noteworthy NIH guidelines on research agreements

WASHINGTON - The NIH published in the Federal Register last week a final version of a document on issues and points to consider in developing research agreements between recipients of NIH funding and commercial sponsors.

The final version incorporates some minor changes based on comments NIH received on a draft published in June. The document was initiated following the political uproar caused by the agreement reached between the Scripps Research Institute and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp.