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And ghost writing is not all

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:14 GMT

Author: Eddie Vos
Position: M. Eng, independent researcher
Institution: Sutton (Qc) Canada J0E 2K0
Submitted Date: October 01, 2007
Published Date: October 2, 2007
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This is an eye opening article .. but that's the world we live in.

Money rules and that is not about to change. I blame individual doctors every time they place a signature on a prescription for a drug they don't fully understand; it may be an impossible task but that does not change that signature.

Medical education should immunize graduates to deceitful journal articles. For example, when articles about Lipitor [atorvastatin] don't say it reduces deaths [it does not], the smart MD should automatically put that into context for his patients when reading the omnipresent suggestion of 'event' benefit from such cholesterol-lowering drug.

The ghost writers SHOULD be the editors of journals, mostly excellent since most authors, like my self, could use some ghost assistance.

And then there is, WebMD, Medscape, all respectable sounding but apparently all owned by the same for profit ~$b2.5 conglomerate and that 'partners' with the media conglomerates.

No competing interests declared.