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Challenging Medical Ghostwriting in US Courts

  • Xavier Bosch mail,

    Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine at the Hospital Clínic and the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pí i Sunyer, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

  • Bijan Esfandiari,

    Affiliation: Law Firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

  • Leemon McHenry

    Affiliation: Department of Philosophy, California State University, Northridge, California, United States of America

  • Published: January 24, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001163

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Interesting ideas

Posted by AdamJacobs on 25 Jan 2012 at 10:47 GMT

There are some interesting ideas in this article, and I look forward to reading about the first case where legal action is taken against authors of dishonestly written papers as suggested.

I do, however, have my doubts about how practicable the idea of legal action is in all but a tiny minority of the most egregious cases.

I've written a blog post that explains my thoughts in more detail here:

Competing interests declared: As stated previously