Medical journals are an extension of the marketing arm of pharmaceutical companies

PLoS Med. 2005 May;2(5):e138. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020138. Epub 2005 May 17.


Medical journals have become dependent on the pharmaceutical industry for their survival, which can have a corrupting influence on their content, argues Smith, the former editor of the BMJ.

MeSH terms

  • Advertising*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Drug Industry*
  • Editorial Policies*
  • Humans
  • Marketing of Health Services*
  • Peer Review
  • Quality Control
  • Treatment Outcome