The relationship between drug companies and medical journals.

Health and medicine explained.
Sept. 10 2007 1:21 PM

Under the Influence?

Drug companies, medical journals, and money.

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Such disclosures would take work, annoy scads of people (most of them honorable), and be completed under protest. But they're worth it, to help assure the integrity of medical literature. Just as compromised relationships are unusual among researchers, they are likely, in the end, to be unusual among medical journals. But it is naive to think that only authors are influenced by who is writing the checks.

Kent Sepkowitz is a physician in New York City who writes about medicine.