Thursday, March 13, 2008

Another attack on anonymity

This time, Pfizer:
Pfizer, the manufacturer of the anti-impotency drug Viagra, is trying to force the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to release the names and comments of its anonymous peer reviewers who judged a dozen studies into two of the company's pain-killing drugs.

Pfizer has issued a subpoena demanding that the journal release the identities and comments of its referees, who normally remain anonymous so that they will feel free to give their honest opinions.


The motion filed by Pfizer claims that the public has no interest in protecting the editorial process of a scientific journal.
Translation: The public has no interest in objective peer-reviewed scientific information. According to Pfizer.

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