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From 4 January 2004 Issue

Revealed: How Drug Firms 'Hoodwink' Medical Journals

Pharmaceutical giants hire ghostwriters to produce articles - then put doctors' names on them.

Hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies, an Observer inquiry reveals. The journals, bibles of the profession, have huge influence on which drugs doctors prescribe and the treatment hospitals provide.

But The Observer has uncovered evidence that many articles written by so-called independent academics may have been penned by writers working for agencies which receive huge sums from drug companies to plug their products.

For more on this important article, see the following website:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1101680,00.html
The Observer | UK News | Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals

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