Dr. John Eden is Director of the Barbara Gross Research Unit, the Sydney Menopause Centre and the Natural Therapies Unit. He is Associate Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of New South Wales. Eden was accused of signing his name to a paper ghostwritten by Wyeth, manufacturer of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Prempro, and the medical communications company DesignWrite.
'Deceived' by a drug company
In April 2010, Eden claimed Wyeth 'had misled him about its real agenda and its behind-the-scenes role in his paper' published by American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Following a US Senate investigation spearheaded by Senator Chuck Grassley, the doctor was cleared of the accusation that 'ghostwriters' paid by the drug company had written his paper. However, internal documents show how a Wyeth representative proposed the use of "knowledgeable and gifted writers" in drafting the manuscript for publication; came up with the paper's title; and DesignWrite paid a freelance science writer close to £2000 to draft an 11-page "outline" which was examined by Wyeth's marketing department before being sent to Eden. The drug company's assistance was not acknowledged in the publication.
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