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The Haunting of Medical Journals: How Ghostwriting Sold “HRT”

  • Adriane J. Fugh-Berman mail

    ajf29@georgetown.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Published: September 07, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000335
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Peer-reviewed?

Posted by pslee on 18 Sep 2010 at 20:18 GMT

I am surprised this editorial opinion piece was accepted after peer-reviewed. If published papers were the "problem" that "sold" HRT, shouldn't the editors and reviewers of the journals bear the most responsibility? Shouldn't the academic experts who put their names on the paper bear the responsibility? What are we saying here? "It's not my fault" ? Placing the sole blame on pharma only serve one purpose: to extract money from the most wealthy. I am stunned a highly respected journal like PLoS Med would chose to publish this that has no causality data, yet blatantly declare a unsupported conclusion in its title. Lastly, if guilt by association is sufficient to judge, how do we interpret "Dr. Fugh-Berman was a paid expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs in the litigation referred to in this paper." ?

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