Newest Doctors to Sell their Soul to the Drug Companies

This week it’s Wyeth in the Charlie Daniels Band lead role. Wyeth’s hugely profitable hormone therapy drug, Prempro, took a profitablity hit a few years ago when it turned out long-term hormone therapy drastically increases the risk of cancer. The NYT reports today that in the wake of those findings, Wyeth hired a professional PR firm to ghostwrite articles for doctors to try and discredit the cancer fears. The ghostwritten articles – all, of course, speaking glowingly of Prempro – appeared in multiple major medical journals. One problem – the doctors who supposedly wrote them apparently actually didn’t.

One Comment

  1. Kimberly

    December 14, 2008 at 8:02 am

    If there isn’t a law against that then there should be.

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