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Guest Authorship, Mortality Reporting, and Integrity in Rofecoxib Studies

Carlo Patrono, MD
JAMA. 2008;300(8):900-906. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.901-a.
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To the Editor: In their study of guest authorship and ghostwriting in publications related to rofecoxib, Dr Ross and colleagues1 published a 3-page table of articles describing clinical trial results or scientific reviews discussed internally within Merck (or whose author's name had been mentioned in Merck e-mail messages) prior to publication that proposed an external, academically affiliated investigator as an author. Despite a disclaimer in the Methods section (“[I]dentification of these articles does not imply that each was guest authored or ghostwritten; we examined these articles because we believed their discussion within internal documents . . . suggested that Merck was aware of the manuscript prior to publication and perhaps had provided support for the project”), inclusion of a review article within that table may suggest to the reader that it was inspired, previewed, authored, or paid for by Merck. This was not the case for at least 2 articles in that table: a review2 that I coauthored and a review3 for which I was sole author.

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August 27, 2008
Kent R. Johnson, MD; Marissa N. D. Lassere, MBBS, PhD
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Garret A. FitzGerald, MD
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Christopher J. Hawkey, DM
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Steven Ferris, PhD; Douglas Galasko, MD; Louis Kirby, MD
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Richard Balon, MD
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Serban-Dan Costa, MD, PhD
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Hervé Maisonneuve, MD
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Hean T. Ong, MBBS; Jin S. Cheah, MBBS
JAMA. 2008;300(8):900-906. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.903-b.
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Peter A. Lachenbruch, PhD; Ronald Wasserstein, PhD
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Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD; Richard A. Kronmal, PhD
JAMA. 2008;300(8):900-906. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.904-b.
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Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS; David S. Egilman, MD, MPH; Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM
JAMA. 2008;300(8):900-906. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.904-c.
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Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH; Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA
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