Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Attention muckrakers: ghosted articles here

The editors of PLoS Medicine write: "(T)he story told in these documents amounts to one of the most compelling expositions ever seen of the systematic manipulation and abuse of scholarly publishing by the pharmaceutical industry and its commercial partners in their attempt to influence the health care decisions of physicians and the general public."  What's the subject of their anger?  The ghostwritten journal articles commissioned by Wyeth to sell Prempro, its hormone replacement therapy.  And for muckrakers-in-training, it gets even better: the PLoS editors posted the incriminating documents online.  You can see them right here.

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