Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman publishes this week in PLoS Medicine, “The Haunting of Medical Journals: How Ghostwriting Sold HRT.”
An aside: one of the only things for which I feel good about my involvement in the University of Minnesota med school committee that made recommendations for a new conflict of interest policy is that I strongly urged inclusion of language about ghostwriting in the policy.
I’ve been a bit of a ghost myself this week on this blog, taking a few days off. Next week I’ll disappear even more, as I travel to Dortmund, Germany to consult with a group preparing to launch a German version of HealthNewsReview.org. I’m very pleased to see this international dissemination of the ideas that began in Australia with the original Media Doctor site, spread to the US and Canada, Hong Kong and now Germany. Who’s next?