Beer Giant Pulls Funding Pledge For NIH Study Following Controversy Over Alcohol Industry’s Involvement
The study on the health benefits of daily, moderate drinking garnered a lot of attention after it was reported government scientists courted the alcohol industry to help fund it.
The New York Times:
Anheuser-Busch To Pull Funding From Major Alcohol Study
Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of five alcohol companies underwriting a $100 million federal trial on the health benefits of a daily drink, is pulling its funding from the project, saying controversy about the sponsorship threatens to undermine the study’s credibility, the company announced Friday. The company announced its decision in a letter to Maria C. Freire, president and executive director of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, a nongovernmental entity that is authorized to raise money from the private sector for N.I.H. initiatives and manages the institutes’ public-private partnerships. (Rabin, 6/8)
In other government research news —
House Does Not Plan To Provide Gun Research Funding
The House Republican who oversees spending for the Health and Human Services Department said the fiscal 2019 spending bill will not include specific funding for research into gun violence, setting up a bitter flashpoint as the Appropriations Committee considers the measure soon. The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will likely mark up its fiscal 2019 measure the week of June 11, with the full committee markup the following week. (Siddons, 6/8)