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Rapid response to:


Cochrane reviews compared with industry supported meta-analyses and other meta-analyses of the same drugs: systematic review

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:782

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Pharmaceutical Lies

Jorgensen's article on Cochrane review brings us to a situation where
the general public looses all faith in a profession that rests on faith.
Our researchers are greedy and today's world of everyone possesing a large house
and driving an expensive car has made researchers into factory workers.
Senior Consultants go on lecture tours with an 'honorarium'which is more
than an average doctor's one years earnings. We have doctors from all over
the world who drop into Australia on a first class all expenses paid
junket/trip telling us how great a particular medicine is. If you read the
small print on a phramaceutical company flier you will find most
references are 'on file' or have been presented at a mid night session of
the Darfur Cardiologists Conference.As a medical director of a
pharmaceutical company I learnt how to get articles published in Journals
with one journal promising publication if we purchased 2000
reprints at $10 each.Such dishonesty in the medical profession is a slur
on the name of all those who dedicate their lives for betterment of
society.As a basketball player once said that "do not measure your life by
what you achieved but measure it by how many lives you touched".

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 October 2006
Deepak Malhotra
General Practice