FRAUD AGAINST the PUBLIC HEALTH
Ghostwritten Medical Journal Articles are funded by
the drug companies !
Wyeth, and other Big Pharma Companies
Pay Ghost Writers to Author Favorable
Medical Journal Articles on its Drugs..
~ a despicable never ending saga in the world of corruption ~
The financial collusion between Big Pharma and medical journals is even deeper and more intertwined than we suspected. Documents revealed by Sen. Charles Grassley's office show that the drug company Wyeth paid ghost writers to author medical journal articles hyping up the benefits of its HRT drug Prempro.
Sen. Grassley's office produced "dozens of pages" of internal documents showing the collusion between Wyeth and a firm called DesignWrite that earns money by producing what it calls "educational" content, with paid-for-hire physicians for the deception.
The New York Times is reporting (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/busin...) that one such article was published as an "Editor's Choice" feature in the May, 2003 edition of The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
That article claimed there was no link between Wyeth's drug and breast cancer, even though a federal study called the Women's Health Initiative had just concluded that, in fact, Prempro was linked to breast cancer.
Here's how the ghostwriting scam worked:
1) Drug companies would invent the titles of the articles to write and choose the medical journals in which they wanted them to appear.
2) They would draft outlines of the articles and hire a writer to create the manuscript.
3) They would then recruit a well-known academic author to put their name on the final article. This would intentionally mislead the medical journal into thinking the article was authored by an academic, not Big Pharma.
4) Finally, they would get the study pushed to a medical journal, which would publish the study.
5) During all of this, the drug company would never reveal its role in this process, keeping it secret from both the medical journal and the public.
6) Once the article is published, doctors and other members of the medical community would read it and think they were reading a, independent, scientifically-validated article that just happened to reach favorable conclusions about Big Pharma's drugs. They would never know the whole thing was schemed up by Big Pharma in the first place.
M.D.'s being told what to write..... Blood money & killer drugs
What a “crock” - evidence-based medicine, ? I'm laughing so hard it hurts...
This is now the standard of "evidence-based medicine" in our modern allopathic medical system: Ghostwritten articles (and fraudulent scientific studies), funded by the drug companies, placed into medical journals, where those same companies run full-page ads touting the over-hyped benefits of the same drugs covered in the articles.
Do you smell a scam ?
Truth is, this practice has been going on for so long that thousands of "scientific" articles published in the medical journals have likely been authored by the drug companies themselves. If the true facts about the depth of this scientific fraud were to really come out, the medical journals would likely be revealed as gullible publishers of junk science. This is a huge scandal waiting to be uncovered...
As things stand now, nobody knows which studies were actually written by the drug companies, nor which industry studies were fruadulent to suppress dangerous side effects or worse. The drug companies aren't talking.
Neither are the medical journals. They don't want people to look into this too much, for fear of being exposed as the frauds they really are. Plus, this also will expose those medical doctors who have sold their medical diplomas (and their souls), and signature, for a meager stipend in order to place their names on these fraudulent drug data articles.
are the ads ! They might as well just publish press releases and call them scientific fact...
As it turns out, for many medical journals, the articles
So much for the credibility of the medical journals (as if they had much remaining anyway). They've been duped... suckered into printing articles that were actually dreamed up and promoted by Big Pharma, and were paid handsomely for their collusion in this malfeasance. Fraud…fraud…everywhere.
The U.S. Government and Big Business is taking public deception and criminal malfeasance to new levels…no wonder our entire country’s society is sickly and
Many citizens are emulating what these goons in politics and big business are doing. It is those 15 % of the American population who still have their heads screwed on straight that can (and must) help set this country get straight again…otherwise we “all go down”. Might I also remind you that it was only 15 % of the nation that fought alongside George Washington and sent the British packing in 1778.
Much of the troubled medical community, which is also culpable, has also been deceived into believing medical journals are "scientific."
As it turns out, many are no more scientific than the over-hyped and fraudulent claims of any television commercial you’ll see on ABC or Fox !
The allopathic drug or medical information is just framed in scientific-sounding language, which is really convincing to gullible and non-discerning medical professionals and general public, who believe everything they read in the medical journals. And these are the very same people we go to for medical care ? You have got to be kidding !!!
It turns out, these journals, like major media networks, are just avenues for the propaganda pieces for Big Pharma.
I figure, like the government, if Big Pharma's mouths are moving, they’re lying !! That’s a fair rule of thumb.
Additionally, I think the medical journals should be re-categorized in med school libraries. They should be placed under the "Fiction" heading where they belong.
An educated, informed, and actively assertive public is the only guarantee for a free society