A widely practiced phenomena
"It's rampant," said Jim Szaller, a Cleveland lawyer who uncovered the evidence of ghostwriting in his work representing 8,400 women who are suing the drug company Wyeth for misrepresenting the benefits of hormone drugs. "This particular practice has to be stopped. It can't continue, because patients are going to suffer."
And yet, these paid for promotionals still get through.
Paul Hebert, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, agrees. He estimates that he rejects between five to 10 pieces per year after discovering they have been secretly ghostwritten and paid for by a pharmaceutical companies.