Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wyeth and the Medical Ghostwriters

The New York Times takes a look at the recent news out of Wyeth. According to the article, hidden industry influence on medical journals may be greater than previously expected. From 1998-2005, a journal article stated that taking hormones would increase the benefits and reduce the risks of skin cancer, heart disease and dementia. However, a federal study was stopped when the results were the opposite. There was a detailed paper train found that showed that Wyeth contracted with a medical publication company and wrote the information then had doctors sign their names with little or no contribution to the article. This is particular dangerous because these medical articles could change the way doctors persrcibe the medication. For a full look at the current ghostwriter claim against Wyeth, read the New York Times article here.

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