Monday, December 15, 2008

Did Wyeth Pay to have Journal Articles Written?

A US Senator claims that Wyeth paid a company to ghostwrite medical journal articles about its hormone therapy products and seek academic scientists to sign them as authors.

According to papers from lawsuits suggest the drugmaker hired DesignWrite Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey, to draft manuscripts related to the Wyeth products and breast cancer risks, according to letters released today from Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa to the companies. Wyeth makes the hormone replacement drugs Prempro and Premarin.

For more, including the Wyeth response, go to the Bloomberg article here.