Friday, July 13, 2012

Corporate Disguises in Medical Science Dodging the Interest Repertoire

Sergio Sismondo1
1Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sergio Sismondo, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 Email:

Roughly 40% of the sizeable medical research and literature on recently approved drugs is “ghost managed” by the pharmaceutical industry and its agents. Research is performed and articles are written by companies and their agents, though apparently independent academics serve as authors on the publications. Similarly, the industry hires academic scientists, termed key opinion leaders, to serve as its speakers and to deliver its continuing medical education courses. In the ghost management of knowledge, and its dissemination through key opinion leaders, we see the pharmaceutical industry attempting to hide or disguise the interests behind its research and education.

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