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How Big Pharma Fools Even Your Doctor

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  • More than 20 percent of medical articles published in six leading medical journals during 2008 were likely written by honorary- and/or ghost writers. This inappropriate authorship threatens scientific credibility, and leads to a lack of transparency and accountability
  • Ghostwritten articles, as a general rule, are paid for by pharmaceutical companies in order to guarantee their drug will be portrayed in a favorable light. When your doctor uses such articles as a basis for prescribing a drug, your health can be at risk
  • Some of the more dangerous drugs have owed their popularity and widespread use to favorable studies written by ghostwriters paid by the drug maker in question, such as Vioxx, Neurontin, and the diet drug Redux

By Dr. Mercola

One of the more flagrant offenses committed by pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession is the practice of "ghostwriting" medical articles.

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