15071 - Who stands behind the word A journal editor's view...

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Who stands behind the word? A journal editor’s view of ghostwriting Gavin Yamey MD Deputy editor, wjm Assistant editor, BMJ
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What I want to talk about Why ghostwriting occurs How it deceives readers and editors How it distorts the scientific record and medical practice Disclosure as a partial solution
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The background conditions for ghostwriting Industry is responsible to its shareholders Pharmaceutical companies must be profitable "The company—and therefore its statisticians and writers—is sworn to do whatever is legally possible to increase the value of its stockholders' stock" (Goodman)
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Industry must publish favorable material Industry designs studies likely to favor its products Companies analyze the data Ghostwriters are paid by industry to add favorable spin If the data are not favorable, industry suppresses or delays publication "It could even be considered illegal to publish a study showing that one of their products doesn't work" (Goodman)
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BMJ 1998;316:1935-1938 Single author RCT of flutamide in pancreatic cancer
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course PHARM 290 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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