Can We Trust a Medical Study or Medical Article?
A disturbing study found that some medical and scientific articles have been written by ghostwriters hired by pharmaceutical companies who may have a vested interest in the content of the articles. Medical-ghostwriting could mean that someone with a medical background is assisting the author of the article with the writing or it could be an employee of a company with a vested interest in the material. In some cases, the ghostwriter could be someone with very little medical background who understands how to “turn a phrase” to make something sound one way or another.
One medical writer who left the business questions whether “advertising masquerading as unbiased health information” threatens scientific research. She also wonders if researches, pharmaceutical companies, and clinicians can work together without misrepresentation. While this former medical writer saw the conflict in some of her work, other ghostwriters might not. Where does that leave consumers and doctors who rely on this information to make informed decisions about medical treatments and medications? Could the FDA rely on this information when approving new medical devices and drugs?
We do not have the answers, but we see the harm that relying on misinformation causes a patient. From dangerous drugs to defective medical devices, patients are being harmed by the very things that are supposed to help make them better. Patients and doctors need to be able to rely on the information provided by researchers, scientists, and academic authors. If not, the price could be someone’s life.
Employees of Company Ghostwrite Safety Reviews for Roundup
Our product liability attorneys handle injury claims involving Roundup herbicide. Last summer, Bloomberg published an article by Peter Waldman, Tiffany Stecker, and Joel Rosenblatt detailing how Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, used its own employees to write academic papers vindicating the product.
Monsanto allegedly worked with a consulting firm to publish a supposedly “independent” review of the health effects caused by Roundup in the scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology. The review rebutted allegations that Roundup was associated with increased risk of developing cancer in individuals exposed to the product.
According to the review, Monsanto had virtually no contact or involvement in the “independent” review. However, internal emails from the company revealed that company employees were “heavily involved” in editing, organizing, and reviewing the drafts of the review submitted by outside experts. Monsanto maintains that the review is an independent review; however, court documents paint a different picture.
Our product liability lawyers are aggressively pursuing cases involving Roundup. We urge you to contact our office for a free case review if you have developed cancer after being exposed to the product.
Can You Trust Anyone?
Yes, you can trust the product liability lawyers of The Fox Law Firm, P.C. in Dallas, TX to fight for your right to be heard and to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Our lawyers represent clients throughout the United States in claims related to defective products, dangerous drugs, and defective medical devices.
For a free consultation with one of our attorneys call 1-866-FOX-FIRM or 1-866-369-3476 or visit our website to chat with a representative online. Dangerous products cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year in the United States.
We have dedicated our law practice to intervening on behalf of injury victims and fighting corporations and pharmaceutical companies to hold them accountable for the pain and suffering they have caused through negligent, fraudulent, reckless, and careless acts.