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OfflineNorthernsoul
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Ghost-Writers
    #2298369 - 02/03/04 07:38 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

What is a Ghost-writer?

It's when drug companies hire specialists to
"author" articles that were actually written by technical writers hired
by the company.

So some professional writer does an article on a certain drug, saying how great it is, and sugar coating it to boost sales. Then they send it to a Doctor to sighn it, making it appear like it was his very own review when it's not.

The worst thing of all? Its legal!

I saw a story on the subject on TV last year, and just recently I thaught about it again for some reason. I just thaught it would be a cool topic to start up. Go to THIS article to learn more.

Below is a small preview of the link I gave:

Consultants? Meetings
A common trick used by Parke-Davis to funnel illegal payments to doctors
to encourage them to prescribe Neurontin off-label was through ?consultants??
meetings. Under this front, Parke-Davis invited doctors to dinners or
conferences and paid them to hear presentations about off-label uses of the
drug. Under the guise that these doctors were acting as consultants, Parke-Davis
sometimes, but not always, had the doctors sign bogus consulting agreements. At
these meetings, the company would give these doctors lengthy presentations
relating to Neurontin, particularly regarding off-label usage. Presentations
would be made by Parke-Davis employees or physician speakers hired by the
company for the purpose of promoting Neurontin, and questions relating to the
use of Neurontin would be solicited and answered. At some conferences, the
sponsoring organization or Parke-Davis intentionally posed questions to the
speakers about off-label use to insure that the doctors were exposed to such
information.



Let me know if youve heard about this practice before, and what you think of it. Are you surprised?? I think alot of people wouldnt be, these drug companies are totaly greedy.


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Re: Ghost-Writers [Re: Northernsoul]
    #2298380 - 02/03/04 07:42 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

yeah.. that sort of thing happens everywhere alot.

College professors, IMO, are very horrible sometimes- they'll take a revolutionary work done by a student ( they often give the topic anyway ), and take full credit for it. ::shrugs:: most professions have such things


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Re: Ghost-Writers [Re: ]
    #2298423 - 02/03/04 07:53 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

That is such absolute bulshit. When will the greed ever end?!! Us humans are so weak that way, that never ending selfishness and greed. :frown:


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