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Wyeth paid ghostwriters to draft articles promoting its hormones, PLoS Medicine and New York Times say

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3288
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 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 (, 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 …

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