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Senator asks US medical schools about rules on ghostwriting

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 24 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5013
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Senator Chuck Grassley has asked 10 leading US medical schools to disclose their rules on the involvement of their teaching staff in ghostwriting.

    The senator sent letters on 17 November to Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, Washington University in St Louis, and Yale University.

    Senator Grassley, an Iowa Republican, has long been investigating financial ties between drug companies and medical professionals. In January he and Senator Herb Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced the Physician Payments Sunshine Act for the second time. The act would require annual public reports of payments to doctors by manufacturers …

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