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Type: Journal article
Title: Conflicted medical journals and the failure of trust
Author: Jureidini, J.
McHenry, L.
Citation: Accountability in Research: policies and quality assurance, 2011; 18(1):45-54
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0898-9621
Statement of
Jon N. Jureidini and Leemon B. McHenry
Abstract: Journals are failing in their obligation to ensure that research is fairly represented to their readers, and must act decisively to retract fraudulent publications. Recent case reports have exposed how marketing objectives usurped scientific testing and compromised the credibility of academic medicine. But scant attention has been given to the role that journals play in this process, especially when evidence of research fraud fails to elicit corrective measures. Our experience with The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) illustrates the nature of the problem. The now-infamous Study 329 of paroxetine in adolescent depression was negative for efficacy on all eight protocol-specified outcomes and positive for harm, but JAACAP published a report of this study that concluded that “paroxetine is generally well tolerated and effective for major depression in adolescents.” The journal's editors not only failed to exercise critical judgment in accepting the article, but when shown evidence that the article misrepresented the science, refused either to convey this information to the medical community or to retract the article.
Keywords: clinical trials; conflict of interest; consumer fraud lawsuits; ghostwriting; GlaxoSmithKline; Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; medical journals; paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat); retraction; scientific misconduct; Scientific Therapeutics Information; SmithKline Beecham
Rights: Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
RMID: 0020114771
DOI: 10.1080/08989621.2011.542683
Appears in Collections:Psychiatry publications

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