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Old 08-22-2009, 12:00 AM
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Big Pharma caught using lies to push profitable poison

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/health/research/05ghost.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=hormone%20replacement%20therapy&st=cse

August 5, 2009

Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy
By NATASHA SINGER

Newly unveiled court documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical company played a major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, suggesting that the level of hidden industry influence on medical literature is broader than previously known.

The articles, published in medical journals between 1998 and 2005, emphasized the benefits and de-emphasized the risks of taking hormones to protect against maladies like aging skin, heart disease and dementia. That supposed medical consensus benefited Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company that paid a medical communications firm to draft the papers, as sales of its hormone drugs, called Premarin and Prempro, soared to nearly $2 billion in 2001.

But the seeming consensus fell apart in 2002 when a huge federal study on hormone therapy was stopped after researchers found that menopausal women who took certain hormones had an increased risk of invasive breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. A later study found that hormones increased the risk of dementia in older patients.

The ghostwritten papers were typically review articles, in which an author weighs a large body of medical research and offers a bottom-line judgment about how to treat a particular ailment. The articles appeared in 18 medical journals, including The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The International Journal of Cardiology.

The articles did not disclose Wyeth’s role in initiating and paying for the work. Elsevier, the publisher of some of the journals, said it was disturbed by the allegations of ghostwriting and would investigate.
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big pharma always lies. they need the money.
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This is exactly why we need the comparative study as proposed by the govt, but the little brains will scream that the results will be used to kill your grandma and ration care. God forbid we actually knew what treatments and pills work (safely) and which don't.
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