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June 13, 2002

Prostituted Med Science

Yesterday, the New England Journal of Medicine had to relax its conflict of interest rules that said writers could not have financial stakes in the company whose products are discussed in the article.
...Why? Because the journal cannot find enough experts who don't have financial ties to drug companies. This problem of prostituted science and distorted peer review is now chronic in the whole biomedical field-- see these links by the Consumer Project on Technology.
...In a related issue, Vermont passed new legislation to require drug companies to disclose gifts or payments made to hospitals and doctors to push their products

Posted by Nathan at June 13, 2002 08:05 AM

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