Monday, March 23, 2009

JAMA demands silence from complainers

According to the Wall Street Journal: "The Journal of the American Medical Association, one of the world's most influential medical journals, says it is instituting a new policy for how it handles complaints about study authors who fail to disclose they have received payments from drug companies or others that pose a conflict: It will instruct anyone filing a complaint to remain silent about the allegation until the journal investigates the charge."

"The unusual order drew criticism from editors at other journals and fuels a debate about the role of medical journals in policing financial conflicts of researchers."

The WSJ Health Blog also reports on the new policy.

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