Corruption of Some Academic Journals by Pharmaceutical Interests

Dr. Richard Horton (The Lancet editor-in-chief), April 15, 2015, "Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue... flagrant conflicts of interest... science has taken a turn towards darkness.” The apparent endemicity of bad research behavior is alarming... Journal editors deserve their fair share of criticism too. We aid and abet the worst behaviors. We reject important confirmations. Journals are not the worst miscreants. And individual scientists, including their most senior leaders, do little to alter a research culture that occasionally veers close to misconduct. ”

Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Former France Health Minister and former Under-Secretary-General of the U.N., revealed that in a closed door meeting this year with medical experts, The Lancet’s Richard Horton and Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the NEJM, both stated their concerns about the “criminal” pressures of big pharma on their journals. Dr. Douste-Blazy quoted Horton as saying, "Now we are not going to be able to, basically, if this continues, publish any more clinical research data, because the pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful today and are able to use such methodologies, as to have us accept papers which are apparently, methodologically perfect but which, in reality, manage to conclude what they want to conclude." This short video is in French so click on "CC" at the bottom to turn on Closed Caption to read the English subtitles. Dr. Douste-Blazy mentions the term "Chatham House" rules. That is where a private meeting does not allow any phones or recording devices so everyone can speak freely. If someone wants to later discuss what was said, they are not allowed to identify who said what.

Dr. Richard Smith (former BMJ editor),“Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies”, May 17, 2005 “Journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry, said Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, in March 2004.”


Dr. Richard Smith. Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise.


Jan. 15, 2009 The New York Review “Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption.” Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of NEJM wrote, ‘It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.”


Dr. Arnold Seymour Relman, former NEJM editor-in-chief wrote in 2002, “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.’”


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