"Conflict of Interest" in Journal Articles
[QUOTE]Conflict-of-interest statements made by physicians and scientists in their medical journal articles after they had been allegedly paid by pharmaceutical manufacturers as part of off-label marketing programs are often inadequate, highlighting the deficiencies in relying on author candidness and the weaknesses in some journal practices in ensuring proper disclosure, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLoS Medicine. ...[/QUOTE]
[url=http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120807194255.htm][I]Science Daily[/I]: Conflict of interest declarations in off-label drug use inadequate, experts say[/url]
Oh, [B]PLoS [/B]again -- that's interesting.
Here we are:
[url=http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001280][I]PLoS Medicine[/I]: Conflict of Interest Reporting by Authors Involved in Promotion of Off-Label Drug Use: An Analysis of Journal Disclosures[/url]
Litigation documents reveal that pharmaceutical companies have paid physicians to promote off-label uses of their products through a number of different avenues. It is unknown whether physicians and scientists who have such conflicts of interest adequately disclose such relationships in the scientific publications they author ....[/QUOTE]
Pulls a few less punches ...
One in seven authors identified in whistleblower complaints as involved in off-label marketing activities adequately disclosed their conflict of interest in subsequent journal publications. This is a much lower rate of adequate disclosure than has been identified in previous studies. [B]The non-disclosure patterns suggest shortcomings with authors and the rigor of journal practices.[/B][/QUOTE]
Doesn't it just?