Covert pharmaceutical promotion in free medical journals

Kesselheim, Aaron S.
March 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/22/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 5, p534
Academic Journal
In this article, the author discusses the research of Becker and colleagues on covert promotion of drugs in free medical journal in Germany. He notes that covert promotion of pharmaceuticals was an essential public health issue that could lead to off-label used of drugs without sufficient evidence of efficacy and unnecessary overused of drugs. He adds that the researchers suggested for physicians' dependence on journals supported by subscription fees for their continuing medical education (CME).


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