Tuesday, May 05, 2009

On "The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine" (aka "The Merck Journal of Advertising Propaganda and other Bullshit"

This is really pathetic. TheScientist reports (Merck published fake journal):

"Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles--most of which presented data favorable to Merck products--that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship."

Elsevier has pulled the journal from its roster, but you can bet there are many more so-called peer-reviewed biomedical journals out there that fit this bill. The only reason we're hearing about this one is that Vioxx gave some Australian guy a heart attack and he's suing.


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