Tufts Announces Outside Review of Sackler Ties

March 26, 2019

Tufts University on Monday announced that it has hired Donald K. Stern, former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, to review funding that the university has received from the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, and which has been linked to efforts to downplay the dangers of opioids even as evidence mounted of the addiction crisis they were creating. "The review will determine if we adhered to our policies and if our policies adopted best practices with respect to academic and research integrity and conflicts of interest in accepting those funds," said a statement from President Tony Monaco. The Sacklers have been major donors to arts institutions -- some of which have stopped taking Sackler money -- and to biomedical education. Tufts has received major donations and much scrutiny of late in the latter category.

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