Medical Journal Says It Was Again Misled
For the second time in two months, The Journal of the American Medical Association says it was misled by researchers who failed to disclose financial ties to drug companies.
The journal is tightening its policies for researchers as a result.
Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, the journal's editor in chief, said her main concern was the effect on readers, who she said needed to know about researchers' financial conflicts of interest to evaluate their studies.
The latest incident, disclosed in letters to the editor and a correction in the journal on Wednesday, involves a study showing that pregnant women who stop taking antidepressants risk slipping back into depression.
Most of the 13 authors have financial ties to drug companies, including antidepressant makers, but just two disclosed their ties when the study was published in February.
The authors of the study defended their research in a letter to the editor published on Wednesday.I don't believe it - do you?
The lead author, Dr. Lee Cohen of Massachusetts General Hospital, who is on the speakers' bureau for eight drug companies, disputed that such ties could influence findings.