Improving the credibility of reporting industry-sponsored research
Reports of ghostwriting, guest authorship, selective or biased disclosure of research results, and inaccurate or incomplete reporting of potential conflicts of interest have damaged the credibility of industry-sponsored clinical research.1 For example, an analysis of the financial conflicts of interest of members of the American Psychiatric Association who are responsible for updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) showed that nearly 70% of those responsible for version 5 of the DSM had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies.2,3 This has raised concerns that so many experts responsible for defining mental health conditions and treatments have financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.2,3
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