Medical ghostwriting widespread

When any student is caught pretending to be the author of a paper actually written by someone else, they are punished.

It is amazing that there is still discussion about what to do about this problem among our most prestigious universities, medical journals, and institutions such as the NIH.

from the New York Times by Natasha Singer

…Ghostwriting is the practice in which prominent researchers sign on as authors to articles for scientific journals that have been developed by third-party medical education companies at the behest of drug or medical device makers. Influential doctors listed as authors, the report said, have had varied input on articles drafted by industry-financed writers that have been published in medical journals.

“Manipulation of medical literature could lead physicians to prescribe drugs that are more costly or may even harm patients,” the report said.

Over the last few years, industry documents made public in government investigations and product liability lawsuits against drug makers have shown medical ghostwriting to be widespread…

much more at Report Urges Tighter Controls on Ghostwriting

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