In 2013, the American Heart Association issued new guidelines for treating cholesterol, causing a stir that more patients may wind up being treated with medicines. As part of that process, the expert panel members who oversaw the document disclosed their financial ties to drug makers. But one large payment was not divulged.
The panel vice chair did not disclose nearly $110,000 in research grants received from Eli Lilly for running tests for an experimental cholesterol treatment. The grants, however, can be viewed on the federal Open Payments database that tracks payments made by drug and device makers to physicians. And now, the AHA is correcting the documentation.