Industry Shenanigans?

I know, I know: correlation does not mean causation. But it is still suspicious that when industry employees join as co-authors in medical journals, the randomized trials they are writing about are more likely to show positive results – results that make industry products look good. At least that was the finding from a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine:

Photo Credit: JAMA Internal Medicine
Photo Credit: JAMA Internal Medicine

It is becoming increasingly clear that the key to balanced science in clinical medicine is to utilize prospective registries, where we commit to laying out study design hypotheses up front, so the world doesn’t learn only about the trials that work out the way industry hopes them to.

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