Statement on settlement of civil court case Robert Pedowitz, M.D. v UC Regents et. al.

The Regents of the University of California resolved this lawsuit to end a prolonged conflict and permit UCLA Health Sciences to refocus on its primary missions of teaching, research, patient care and community engagement. Although disappointed that court rulings early in the trial prevented the jury from hearing the full story, UCLA acted fully within the scope of law and UC policy in this case. Throughout the process, UCLA Health Sciences and campus leadership operated in good faith. Multiple investigations by university officials and independent investigators concluded that conduct by faculty members was lawful. Patient care was not compromised. UCLA adheres to stringent ethical and procedural guidelines and will continue efforts to do so.

Enhancements to UCLA’s compliance policies and procedures have been under way for several years and have included the hiring of a nationally recognized chief compliance officer who remains on staff and has expanded the compliance review team. Current leadership remains committed to ensuring compliance and providing ongoing guidance to faculty and staff on managing vital relationships with industry. With this case resolved, we will now focus on moving forward with the clinical, educational, research and public service activities that make UCLA Health Sciences a world leader.
 
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