[Irtalk] Medical journal editor sacked and editorial committee resigns

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue May 5 13:37:18 SAST 2015

*Professor Zimmet said global publishing giant Elsevier, had produced
"fake" medical journals in Australia that were funded by pharmaceutical
companies and not subject to peer review.*

Elsevier in 2009 declared as "unacceptable" its creation of publications in
2000 to 2005 that were sponsored by Merck to promote the drug Vioxx, which
was discontinued because of its links to safety risks, including heart

"The publications were mainly directed at the products of those companies,
but their overall appearance and the way they were published made it look
like they were real journals," Professor Zimmet said.

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