Merck published fake journal
The following is an excerpted article that was originally published in TheScientist.com. To read the full article, with citations, click on the hyper link below. The Inconvenient Woman thought it was very important to illustrate the prevasive corporate culture of deception that has taken over the once respected Pharma Giant, Merck. Two generations ago Merck was renowned for innovative research and being science-driven organization. That was long ago. Today Merck is being run by lawyers, accountants and one of the best marketing brain trusts in the world. Apparently ethical behavior is no longer part
News of the questionable, Merck-created journal started surfacing with a report by The Australian and emerged from information from a civil suit filed against Merck by a patient who suffered a heart attack while on Vioxx, said TheScientist.com. George Jelinek, an Australian physician and established member of the World Association of Medical Editors, reviewed four issues and testified at the trial, said TheScientist. Jelinek explained that the “average reader,” which in this case, would be a physician, could believe the journal to be “genuine” and peer-reviewed, noting that, “Only close inspection of the journals, along with knowledge of medical journals and publishing conventions, enabled me to determine that the Journal was not, in fact, a peer reviewed medical journal, but instead a marketing publication,” reported TheScientist.
Jelinek noted a good portion of the journal’s articles focused on Merck drugs with favorable verbiage. Adding to the lack of credibility, the so-called review articles contained surprisingly sparse referencing—most review articles are rife with citations and references….