December 13, 2008
Washington (dbTechno) – According to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, the pharmaceutical company Wyeth paid to have positive articles written about their drugs in medical journals.
Sen. Grassley is a Republican from Iowa and has been probing into this case for quite some time.
He started by looking into a medical writing company known as DesignWrite.
The company was asked to reveal information on payments that they received from articles on certain drugs such as Prempro.
According to the latest reports from The New York Times, Sen. Grassley has found that Wyeth set up ghost writers to do positive articles on their Prempro drug.
This is scary because it means that scientific journals and such could actually be manipulated.
This could cause doctors to prescribe drugs to patients based on false information.
They had the ghost writers work on the articles, then paid for scientists to put their names on the journals.
This is not the first time pharmaceutical companies have been found to do this either, increasing the problems further.