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Commentary: Stop Stealth Fake Drug Adverts

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In the latest issue of New Scientist, Sheldon Krimsky, adjunct professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, states that the "blurring of the boundaries between independently refereed publications and advertorials is unacceptable.

Krimsky is of course referring to the revelation emanating from Australian courts that "global drug giant Merck had signed up with publisher Excerpta Medica, a division of Elsevier (a sister company of New Scientist) to produce a publication with the look and feel of a peer-reviewed journal, yet which contained only reprints of articles, most of them sympathetic towards Merck products."
 
 

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