Partners in Slime: Why medical ghostwriting is so alarming

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“It’s prostitution!” claims University of Toronto professor of law and medicine, Trudo Lemmens, describing how medical school¬†academics engaging in ghostwriting “undermine the integrity of the whole system”.

But since few academics will ever confess that they weren’t actually the real authors of all the medical journal articles they have taken credit for, the full extent of drug company-funded medical ghostwriting fraud may never be known. With the recent public release of 1,500 court documents implicating drug giant Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and its partners in slime, maybe now the medical profession will finally develop a collective backbone. Continue reading