Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ghostwriting schemes common for drug companies

Following up on the news story regarding Wyeth paying ghost writers (prominent researchers) to tout their hormone therapy

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."

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.

And yet, these paid for promotionals still get through.


  1. Here's an interesting article on placebos;


  2. Hey Jim,that is interesting!

    "At the same time, drugmakers are realizing they need to fully understand the mechanisms behind it so they can design trials that differentiate more clearly between the beneficial effects of their products *and the body's innate ability to heal itself*"

    I think the body has an innate ability to heal itself, that likely supesedes meds, look at a wound healing,the body takes care of itself.

    Aren't we amazing beings without the aid of pharmacological meds!

    When you think of it?

  3. Women dealt with Menopause and other hormone issues without medication for thousands of years prior to having to take a pregnant horse's piss. ;) Who thought of that gem idea anyway? disgusting. My mom takes hormones and I refuse to do so. I should enter menopause soon but will refuse the medicine. I'll just do what my grandmother's did, deal with it.

    So big pharma has been ghostwriting articles that physicians have presented as their own work. Surprise, surprise - not. Who makes money if these drugs are used? Doctors, insurance companies and MOSTLY - drug companies! Of course they load up the scale - they can afford to do it.

    Now what does the normal person do to combat this? Look into natural methods. Unless it's an infection or raging illness - find other ways to counteract it or investigate the medication, it's trials, history, manufacturer, and any legal action or ooncerns within the possible adverse reactions. TALK to your pharmacist! They know these things and truly make very little on the medications. They have no stake in this. If you notice most small pharmacies stay small. The chain stores go on bulk sales but the pharmacy usually stays a small part of what's become another mega-corner store with a pharmacy.

    Human kind survived for many thousands of years without big pharma.

    I take 8 medications a day - most of them for pain. They cost $1,200 a month and the state of MI pays for every penny. I've refused other medications because I'm tired of the chemical soup. I react to medications in a strange way. I can't wait to get away from it all in Morocco. Natural medicine is the order of the day there and I'll happily give up on big pharma.

    What do you think?

  4. For what it's worth, here's good defense for H1N1 vaccination, from a pediatrician;


  5. hi dee:
    myself, I have no intentions of taking hormones. I don't think their is a doctor who would give them anymore, prescribe them. After they stopped using them, the breast cancer rate in Canada dropped.

    Myself, I have some serious, serious doubts about the so called benefits derived from big pharma's drugs.

    The city I live in has a major oxy-contin(hillbilly heroin) addiction problem, and this city is not alone. Oxy-contin addiction is a huge problem.
    Do you know more, many more people die from legal drugs, then illegal drugs?
    Not just overdoses, wrong doses, incorrect meds, incorrect amounts, allergic reactions, more then one drug(mixing) reaction the list goes on and on.

    Look at the latest big celebrity deaths, they all died from prescription meds.

    In the article about the lobbyists, the biggest spenders are the pharmaceuticals.
    So if you ever really wonder how it is they get some of the drugs,approved that they do, think of all the palms they are greasing?

    I think we cannot assume that because it is promoted by big pharma and made by big pharma, this it is safe, or truly useful.

  6. hey jim: my first thought, did he ghost write this?

    there is alot of research on squalene out there. I am sure the government would deny a connection between the use of squalene and gulf war syndrome, and some doctors may believe it, however....

    there are also doctors that deny, as the government does that using depleted uranium is a problem for soldiers and civilians, and yet their is ample evidence to the otherwise.