Wyeth said to have paid ghostwriters for favorable journal articles

According to an article posted to the the N.Y. Times‘ website today, drug maker Wyeth has turned over to the Senate Finance Committee a mountain of material on its practice of paying ghostwriters to prepare favorable articles for publication in medical journals. Physicians were then recruited to put their names on the articles. In some…

Physicians’ financial conflicts of interest

Today’s Times has an interesting piece on the Cleveland Clinic‘s new policy of publicly reporting the business relationships that any of its 1,800 staff doctors and scientists have with drug and device makers. The clinic, one of the nation???s most prominent medical research centers, is making a complete disclosure of doctors??? and researchers??? financial ties…

Physicians and placebos

As reported in The New York Times last week, a recent study published on-line by the medical journal BMJ, says that half of American internists and rheumatologists prescribe placebos on a regular basis. Although the BMJ article did not get into the ethical issues, the Times article did: One of the authors, Franklin G. Miller,…

Organ donation after cardiac death: the new frontier?

Today The Washington Post has an article — Infant Transplant Procedure Ignites Debate — that builds on yesterday’s AP article about three cases in which infant hearts were harvested under a “donation after cardiac death” (“DCD”) protocol, which all transplant centers are required by UNOS and HHS. The details of each center’s protocol may vary….