Wyeth paid ghostwriters to draft articles promoting its hormones, PLoS Medicine and New York Times sayBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3288 (Published 11 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3288
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 1New York
The drug firm Wyeth has defended itself after court documents seemed to show that it paid a medical communications company to draft articles promoting the use of its hormone replacement therapies.
A news story in the New York Times (www.nytimes.com, 5 Aug, “Medical papers by ghostwriters pushed therapy”) said that the documents on ghostwriting were uncovered by lawyers suing Wyeth and were made public after a request in court from the medical journal PLoS Medicine and the New York Times.
The New York Times story said: “The court documents provide a detailed paper …