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Conflicted Medical Journals

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If you’ve been reading the newspapers lately, you can’t miss articles and editorials concerning the proliferation of Conflicts of Interest in Medical Studies. As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune; several stories are surfacing about researchers who deceive the editors and readers of Medical Journals by hiding their financial ties to pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. Unfortunately, some journals are resisting calls from Consumer Advocacy Groups to punish the authors for their dishonesty by withdrawing the tainted studies and banning the authors from future publishing. I believe that these Journals must hold themselves to the highest ethical standards or be deemed as co-conspiirators in Scientific Fraud. More to follow.