Professor files complaint of scientific misconduct over allegation of ghostwriting

BMJ 2011; 343:d4458
Author: Bob Roehr

“A complaint of scientific misconduct has been filed with the US Office of Research Integrity regarding a ghostwritten paper on paroxetine (marketed as Paxil), published in 2001 in the American Journal of Psychiatry… Professor Amsterdam’s lawyer wrote in a letter to the university’s president, Amy Gutmann, ‘It is my client’s belief that the data from his study was effectively stolen from him, manipulated and used in a ghostwritten article . . . in order to advance a marketing scheme by GlaxoSmithKline to increase sales of Paxil.'”

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About Lisa Abbott

Lisa is a barrister and is currently studying Medicine at the University of Sydney. She has degrees in Law and Government & Public Administration from the University of Sydney. After returning from an internship at a commercial law firm in Duesseldorf, Lisa was called to the Bar in 2005 and was awarded the prize for the highest aggregate score in the NSW Bar Examinations. She has since appeared in relation to professional negligence matters, disciplinary proceedings, personal injury and insurance matters across a range of jurisdictions.