Writing, concealing

Published: Sunday 15 August 2004

Disclosure Policy USA

Four medical and scientific journals in usa recently published studies that failed to disclose the authors' financial conflicts of interest, says the New York Times quoting a report by the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest. The study looked at four journals from December to February, and found that 163 articles had no disclosure statements for the major authors. In 13 of the articles, at least one of the authors did not reveal ties to companies that stood to profit from the research or other information that could have influenced the findings, the study found.

The report reviewed 'The New England Journal of Medicine', 'The Journal of the American Medical Association', 'Environmental Health Perspectives' and 'Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology'. In most cases, the authors allegedly neglected to give the journals appropriate information.

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