Professor files complaint of scientific misconduct over allegation of ghostwriting

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4458
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

A complaint of scientific misconduct has been filed with the US Office of Research Integrity regarding a ghostwritten paper on paroxetine (marketed as Paxil), published in 2001 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

In the complaint Jay Amsterdam, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and co-principal investigator of the paroxetine study 352 for bipolar depression, claims that he was “excluded from the final data review, analysis, and publication.”

Professor Amsterdam’s lawyer wrote in a letter to the university’s president, Amy Gutmann, “It is my client’s belief that the data from his study was effectively stolen from him, manipulated and used in a ghostwritten article . . . in order to advance a marketing scheme by GlaxoSmithKline to …

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