Follow-up Letter to the HHS Office of Inspector General Regarding the Need for an Independent Investigation Into NIH’s Solicitation of Donations From the Alcoholic Beverage Industry for Alcohol Research Study

March 22, 2018

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In response to an announcement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director that he had initiated an internal investigation into the conduct of NIH officials who allegedly were involved in soliciting donations from alcoholic beverage companies to fund a major study on the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption, Public Citizen urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General not to allow this announcement to dissuade him from opening the type of independent Inspector General’s investigation that these circumstances demand.

April 30, 2018, response letter from the HHS Office of Inspector General.