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Why one medical journal will no longer take pharma advertisements

Why one medical journal will no longer take pharma advertisements

• Please note, Croakey readers, the original post has been edited (explanation at bottom of post). Here is a link to an editorial in which the journal, Emergency Medicine Australasia, announces its intention to stop taking pharma advertisements. Not surprisingly, this move is attracting international attention. Thanks to the editorial’s authors, Professor George Jelinek and […]

A must-read: how ghostwriters helped sell HRT

A must-read: how ghostwriters helped sell HRT

For those who have been mystified by the resolute defence of HRT by some specialists, for those who are interested in integrity in publishing, medicine and science, and for those who enjoy a shocking yarn – this PLoS Medicine article is a must-read. It is by Adriane J. Fugh-Berman from the Department of Physiology and […]

More on the homebirth study fracas – some indepth reading

More on the homebirth study fracas – some indepth reading

Regular readers may remember there was some vigorous discussion at Croakey earlier this year after a SA study comparing the outcomes for homebirths and hospital births generated misleading headlines. The coverage largely reflected the slant put on the study by the Medical Journal of Australia’s press release and an accompanying editorial by the AMA president, […]

Truth in scientific publishing? Not quite what it seems…

Truth in scientific publishing? Not quite what it seems…

The Vioxx case in the Federal Court in Melbourne continues to produce a stream of interesting and illuminating revelations although I had to chuckle at one specialist’s efforts to downplay his profession’s skills in marketing. “I would have thought getting medical practitioners to be marketers would have been the death knell of a product because […]

Some more thoughts about medical ghostwriting

Some more thoughts about medical ghostwriting

In December, I wrote this story for Crikey about the practice of ghostwriting – whereby undisclosed parties, typically drug companies, are involved in writing and orchestrating medical journal articles. Croakey contributors subsquently noted some of the evidence suggesting this practice is worryingly widespread. Now Dr Chris Jordens, from the University of Sydney’s Centre for Values, […]

Why the ghostwriters are sending shivers up medical spines

Why the ghostwriters are sending shivers up medical spines

It’s extremely likely that a number of Australian medicos suffered some uncomfortable “there but for the grace of God go I” moments this week. The immediate cause of their discomfort was the New York Times revelation that Wyeth had paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favourable to its hormone replacement therapy product. Dozens of […]