The Specious Business of Industry-Sponsored Publications in Medical Journals

The derision and hostility of the audience was palpable when, at a recent cardiology conference in Delhi, I stated that substantial data published in the leading medical journals of the world not only exaggerated drug effects but could also be considered misleading. There was stunned silence when I mentioned the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) as one of the leading culprits publishing manipulated data because the NEJM is considered by most to be the holy grail of medical journals.

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