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April 16, 2008

Impugning the Integrity of Medical Science: The Adverse Effects of Industry Influence

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief (cathy.deangelis@jama-archives.org) and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2008;299(15):1833-1835. doi:10.1001/jama.299.15.1833

The profession of medicine, in every aspect—clinical, education, and research—has been inundated with profound influence from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. This has occurred because physicians have allowed it to happen, and it is time to stop.

Two articles1,2 in this issue of JAMA provide a glimpse of one company's apparent misrepresentation of research data and its manipulation of clinical research articles and clinical reviews; such information and articles influence the education and clinical practice of physicians and other health professionals. The direct influence of for-profit companies on education3-6 and clinical practice7,8 has been well documented, so this Editorial deals primarily with clinical research.

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