Court Documents Show Pharm. Company Paid For Scientific Articles

August 5, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A new report has found that a series of medical papers written about the beneficial effects of hormone treatments in menopausal women was actually ghostwritten by a company paid for by a pharmaceutical company.

The writers were paid by Wyeth, who paid for dozens of scientific papers to be written, which were later published in scientific journals.

Each one spoke positively about the benefits of using specific drug therapies for menopause symptoms, all of which would offer a financial boost for Wyeth.

The question of how serious this offense is is now being considered. The implications seem clear, however, especially after studies were done in 2002 and after that show that women who take certain hormones during menopause are at greater risk for certain cancers, strokes, and other conditions.

It also raises the question of which articles were genuinely written by doctors, and which were written by paid ghostwriters.

“It’s almost like steroids and baseball. You don’t know who was using and who wasn’t; you don’t know which articles are tainted and which aren’t,” Dr. Joseph S. Ross of Mount Sinai School of Medicine was quoted by The New York Times.


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