The embattled National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its scientists received $134 million in verified royalties from third parties such as drug companies between 2009 and 2014, with hundreds of millions more estimated to be unrevealed, according to the findings of a lawsuit from watchdog group Open the Books.
“Recently, our organization at OpenTheBooks.com forced NIH to disclose over 22,100 royalty payments totaling nearly $134 million paid to the agency and nearly 1,700 NIH scientists,” OTB founder and CEO Adam Andrzejewski wrote. “The agency admits to holding 3,000 pages of line-by-line royalties since 2009. So far, they’ve produced only 1,200 pages. The next 1,800 pages of production will cover the period 2015-2020.”
The group estimates that payments exceeding $350 million were made between the fiscal years 2010 and 2020. It is unknown how much overlap there is between the two figures, as are the exact amounts of the payments received by specific scientists.
The suit did reveal, however, the number of payments received by top officials, including 23 different payments to National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and controversial presidential COVID-19 adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci (who was already the highest-paid federal employee in the United States), and 14 payments to the similarly-controversial former NIH director Francis Collins. Read more…