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Challenging Medical Ghostwriting in US Courts

  • Xavier Bosch mail,

    xavbosch@clinic.ub.es

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

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  • Bijan Esfandiari,

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

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  • Leemon McHenry

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

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  • Published: January 24, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001163
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Not true

Posted by AdamJacobs on 25 Jan 2012 at 09:28 GMT

but little has changed [1]–[14]
http://plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001163#article1.body1.sec1.p1

It's a common myth that little has changed, but in reality, things are changing. I wrote a blogpost busting some myths about ghostwriting recently, in which I cite a couple of pieces of evidence that the prevalence of ghostwriting is decreasing. You can read it here:

http://www.pharmaphorum.com/2011/11/08/ghostwriting-myths-and-realities-%E2%80%93-part-2/

Since then, I have collected some further evidence on the prevalence of ghostwriting which I am hoping to publish in the near future (possibly even in this very journal if they're interested!)

Competing interests declared: Former president of the European Medical Writers Association. Director of Dianthus Medical Limited, a company that provides professional medical writing services