Pfizer asks journal for comments made by peer reviewers

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:575
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The multinational drug company Pfizer is trying to force leading medical journals to divulge the identities and comments of anonymous peer reviewers who judged articles submitted about two of the company’s painkillers.

Pfizer, which is facing a claim for damages by users of the cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors celecoxib (Celebrex) and valdecoxib (Bextra), has issued subpoenas against journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the BMJ, and the Lancet.

Editors and researchers fear the move could threaten the confidentiality of the …

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