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At Medical Journals, Writers Paid by Industry Play Big Role

By Anna Wilde Mathews Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Word Count: 2,534  |  Companies Featured in This Article: Abbott Laboratories, Merck & Co., Pfizer , Thomson, Reed Elsevier, WPP, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Amgen, AstraZeneca

In 2001, the American Journal of Kidney Diseases published an article that touted the use of synthetic vitamin D. Its author was listed as Alex J. Brown, an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

But recently, that same article was featured as a work sample by a different person: Michael Anello, a free-lance medical writer, who posted a summary of it on his Web site. Mr. Anello says he was hired to write the article by a communications firm working for Abbott Laboratories, which makes a version of the vitamin D product. Dr. Brown agrees he got help ...

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