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(NewsTarget) The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) said today that it would not ban authors who fail to disclose financial ties to drug companies, because such an action might bring antitrust lawsuits.
Catherine DeAngelis, editor-in-chief of JAMA, says after speaking with lawyers, she and other medical journal editors have decided not to risk being sued by pharmaceutical companies for antitrust by banning authors with financial conflicts of interest.
DeAngelis rejected calls for JAMA to outright ban authors who have not revealed financial links to drug makers, saying that such an action "would only encourage that author to send his or her articles to another journal; it cleans our house by messing others."