Ghostwriting: The Dirty Little Secret of Medical Publishing That Just Got Bigger

  • Published: September 08, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000156

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Medical writers should not be banned

Posted by MedicalWriter on 02 Oct 2009 at 16:38 GMT

I am disappointed to read the recommendations in this article, because the authors advocate banning the use of medical writers except for copyediting. I know this is the popular response right now to the apparent abuses by Glaxo, but the fact is medical writers have an important role to play far beyond simply copyediting. Physicians don’t have enough time to publish the papers they need to. A qualified medical writer can work closely with a physician from the first stages of outline development to writing the drafts to finalizing the manuscript. Should the use of a medical writer be disclosed? Of course. Should any pharma funding be disclosed? Absolutely.

Competing interests declared: I am a professional medical writer.