An interesting behind the scenes look at corporate science, Drug company used ghost writers to author work bylined by academics, documents show
According to newly released documents from GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company often paid ghostwriters to pen medical studies, editorials and even a textbook that listed physicians as the authors.
The problem per se is not ghost writing for scientists who are not great writers as long as the scientific findings are reported accurately. Actual science papers are extremely dry and technical. Writing those findings up for an editorial or a popular magazine ( secondary sources) needs a to be written so that the average person can digest it. The same is sure for most specialized fields of study – like economics, archeology and engineering. The deeper issue with GlaxoSmithKline is finding people to ghost write articles which advanced corporate interests rather than science. At one point they had an article published which sung the praises of Paxil for teenagers. Findings had already shown that doctors should be very careful in prescribing Paxil for teen depression – one of the possible side effects is suicidal tendencies. Than there is the obvious ethical issues involved with finding a ghost writer to write-up the opinions of the drug company and then finding an academic who will sign off on those findings – pay for play science.
A good write up at SciAm on the bacteria that will use arsenic in its nucleic acids instead of phosphate. Not the amazing new extraterrestrial life that NASA was rumored to have found in the last week, but interesting for the possibilities of kinds of life which may have evolved on other plants. The rumor aspect of these findings was interesting. Maybe scientists be getting their own gossip show and paparazzi soon.
As we find 2 million Americans losing their jobless benefits because Republicans are positive everyone out of work is a lazy bum trying to live the high life on an average of $320 a week, the NYT publishes the story of the lazy arrogant kingpins of capitalism leaching off the tax payers. Fed Papers Show Breadth of Emergency Measures
During the worst moments of the financial crisis, in the fall of 2008, even commercial paper issuers with ties to bedrock corporations like Caterpillar, General Electric, Harley-Davidson, McDonald’s, Verizon and Toyota turned to the Fed after the market for short-term notes had dried up.
[ ]…From March 2008 to May 2009, the central bank extended a cumulative total of nearly $9 trillion in short-term loans to 18 different financial firms — under a program called the Primary Dealer Credit Facility. Previously, the Fed had only revealed that four financial firms had tapped the special lending facility and did not reveal their identities or the loan amounts.
The data seemed to confirm that Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley were under severe strain in the weeks following the Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008. All three firms tapped the facility on more than 100 occasions.
Conservatives continue to think average Americans are lazy and undeserving of any help. And despite the whining of the tea smokers Republicans have promised Wall St they will do everything they can to further deregulate the too big to fail financial firms. So when Wall St looses money they deserve our sympathy and trillions of dollars. When average folks lose their jobs because of the brazen immorality of those bankers, they’re undeserving of help. How is this not a plutocracy.