Drugs and Ghost Writers

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // 


December 15  

From the New York Times

Wyeth’s Use of Medical Ghostwriters Questioned

Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company, paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favorable to its hormone replacement therapy Prempro, according to Congressional letters seeking more information about the company’s involvement in medical ghostwriting. At least one article was published even after a federal study found the drug raised the risk of breast cancer.

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/business/13wyeth.html?ref=business&pagewanted=print

I won’t belabor my anti-big pharma feelings but let’s say I am not the least surprised by this. Pay someone to write nice stuff – hmmm…good idea – except this is not some Hollywood star using a ghost writer but a company whose products can [and do] KILL you…and in fact they used a ghost writer after knowing that an HRT drug increased the risk of breast cancer.

Nice people these suits at Wyeth – “profits above all” is the motto for most corporations..

Message to users of the products? “We don’t care about you at all – except for – buy buy buy our stuff – we only like your wallet.”

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.