Industry funded trials often have ghost authorship

Hargreaves, Sally
February 2007
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);2/3/2007, Vol. 334 Issue 7587, p223
Academic Journal
The article focuses on ghost authorship in industry funded clinical trials. In a study which investigated clinical trials, three quarters of individuals who had made significant contributions to the final paper were not listed as authors. In most cases these were statisticians working for the company sponsoring the trial. Comments from the lead author of the study Peter Gotzsche, of the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, are presented. Gotzsche says that "the prevalence of ghost writing could be considerably reduced, and transparency improved, if existing guidelines were followed."


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