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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 6877

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Publication type: Journal Article

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Authors' conflicts of interest: a disclosure and editors' reply.
N Engl J Med 1999 Nov 18; 341:(21):1618-9


Abstract:

The author may have had a conflict of interest involving a recent review she wrote for the New England Journal of Medicine on the treatment of hair loss. However, she disclosed all of the relevant information and the fault may lie in the unclear policies of the Journal.

Keywords:
*letter to the editor/United States/conflict of interest/scientific publications/New England Journal of Medicine/ acknowledgement of funding/REGULATION, CODES, GUIDELINES: JOURNALS AND MASS MEDIA Alopecia/drug therapy* Conflict of Interest* Drug Industry* Financial Support* Finasteride/therapeutic use Humans Minoxidil/therapeutic use Publishing/standards* Research Support Review Literature

 

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