from NaturalNews Website
It turns out that
Big Pharma and other medical
industry sponsored research has been published with the names of
academic "guest authors" tacked on - although these highly degreed
"authors" may have made slim to no contributions to the so-called
In turn, these
articles are often cited by their drug company sponsors to promote
off-label use of their products and bring in more millions to the
prescription pharmaceutical industry.
It is such a breach of ethics that Professors Simon Stern and Trudo Lemmens of the University of Toronto law faculty have flat out called for "guest" authors of medical and scientific articles to be charged with professional and academic misconduct and fraud, even if the articles attributed to the "ghost" or "guest" writers contain factually correct information.
The law experts compare the academic
"ghostwriting" and tacked on bogus academic authorships to
racketeering and even the world's oldest profession.
Lemmens, who is also a member of the University of Toronto's school of medicine faculty, had particularly hard hitting words for academics who participate in guest authorship which involves "lending" their names and receiving substantial credit where little or none is due.
In their article, entitled "Legal Remedies for Medical Ghostwriting - Imposing Fraud Liability on Guest Authors of Ghostwritten Articles," Stern and Lemmens argue that because medical journals, academic institutions, and professional disciplinary bodies have done little if anything to enforce effective sanctions against this practice of bogus authorship of research papers, a more successful effective approach would be to take legal action.
Imposing liability on the guest authors,
Moreover, that kind of claim could prevent the Big Pharma sponsor of "ghosted" and "guest authored" articles from presenting them as evidence in court, and could result in sanctions against attorneys who try to use any of these articles as legally valid evidence in a malpractice, drug injury or other case.