September 13, 2009
Medical Journals See a Cost to Fighting Industry-Backed Research
The Journal of the American Medical Association saw a 21 percent drop in industry-financed research after it began requiring that data in company-sponsored medical trials be independently verified by university researchers, a study has concluded.
The study, by a team of medical researchers in England and Florida, found that two of JAMA’s competitors saw their proportions of industry-backed research grow after JAMA decided to impose the requirement in 2005 to deter companies from shading descriptions of medical-test results to favor their products.
The findings suggest JAMA could face significant financial pressure to abandon the policy, given the reliance of medical journals on corporate dollars, said one of the study’s authors, Benjamin Djulbegovic, a professor of medicine and oncology at the University of South Florida.
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