Only One in Seven Authors Disclose Conflict of Interest


Researchers from Harvard and the University of Melbourne identified physicians and scientists who had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies named as defendants in U.S. Department of Justice off-label whistleblower complaints, then reviewed their subsequent three years’ publications for disclosures related to the off-label uses in question. Only 15% of published articles contained an adequate disclosure statement. The article appeared online August 7, 2012 in PLoS Medicine.

Article →Kesselheim, A., Wang, Bo, Studdert, D., Avorn, J (2012) “Conflict of Interest Reporting by Authors Involved in Promotion of Off-Label Drug Use: An Analysis of Journal Disclosures.” PLoS Medicine 9(8): e1001280 dpi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001280

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Surely so many psychiatrists and psychologists who publish wouldn’t be deceitful whould they????? Please, oh please tell me that these wonderful people in the white coats and with diplomas on the wall aren’t dedeitful! Surely so many don’t have conflicts of interest, do they???????

    The more you dig into all of this the worse it seems to get! And it’s all done at the expense of the people labeled as “mentally ill.” We are the ones paying the very high price for all of this lying. What bothers me is how many people can take money for printing lies and rubbish and then go home and look themselves in the face in the mirror and have no problems with what they’re doing. Where is their self-respect? I guess none of that matters when it comes to money.

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