B – Who’s watching whose ethics?

Shashok K, Jacobs A. Who’s watching whose ethics? Slanted reporting of the medical writer’s role in the Neuropsychopharmacology-Cyberonics case 1. The Write Stuff. 2007 (16)1-3

Medical writing is seldom considered in the lay press, and whenever it happens, it is mostly misleading. A recent case of blame on a medical writer and the following attempts to make things clear to the public is reported in this article. This offers many hints to reflect on ethical considerations regarding authors, editors and medical writers. There are also very useful references. The case reported here involved an article published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology and the suggested unethical behavoiur of the medical writer. This was debated in Science. A group of medical writers reacted to this unfair appreciations, and wrote a letter to Science to clarify positions but it was never considered for publication. The Write Stuff, the journal of the European Medical Writers Association, published the corresponcence that Science did not consider, of course, after taking into account all ethical implications regarding the publication of such correspondence.