conflicts of interest in medicine

The integrity of information is threatened when the criteria for selection are corrupted by interests other than professional standards.  A good case study of this problem is found in the medical research literature, where the stakes are huge concerning possible future profits and risks to public health.

But now, in light of recently released evidence that some drug makers have gone to great lengths to turn scientific articles into marketing vehicles for their products, some influential medical editors are cracking down on industry-financed ghostwriting. And they are getting help from some members of Congress.

Transparency on the basis of professional standards of review help safeguard the credibility of medical research, so how does that relate to other forms of “journalism”?

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