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Did your doctor, nurse or pharmacist get paid to give talks for Merck?

Did your doctor, nurse or pharmacist get paid to give talks for Merck?

If you lived in the US, you’d know. The Wall Street Journal reports that Merck has just released its list of payments to doctors for giving talks at promotional events. The list also includes some nurses, pharmacists and scientists. The payments range from $150 to more than $20,000. The paper reports that many drug companies […]

A serving of hot potatoes for medical journal editors

A serving of hot potatoes for medical journal editors

Members of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors are meeting in London this month. High on the agenda will be efforts to improve the management of conflicts of interest, according to the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia, Dr Martin Van Der Weyden. He told a workshop on such issues, convened in Canberra […]

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 […]