Journal: Senator Moves to Stop Scientific Ghostwriting

07 Health, Ethics
Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Research
Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Research
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By NATASHA SINGER
Published: August 18, 2009

A growing body of evidence suggests that doctors at some of the nation’s top medical schools have been attaching their names and lending their reputations to scientific papers that were drafted by ghostwriters working for drug companies — articles that were carefully calibrated to help the manufacturers sell more products.

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Senator Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has led a long-running investigation of conflicts of interest in medicine, is starting to put pressure on the National Institutes of Health to crack down on the practice.

Phi Beta Iota Editorial:

The lack of integrity in medical publishing has been known for a very long time.  Less known has been the fact that the National Institute of Health (NIH) does have both a brain and a heart, and has been the lead element of the U.S. Government demanding that medical research funded by the public is put online for free public access.  We are certain NIH will happily comply with and accelerate Senator Chuck Grassley’s timely interest in putting a stop to what is in effect medical malpractice–lies kill one’s comrades.