corporate sponsorship influence scientific research and publication

How much does corporate sponsorship influence scientific research and publication? It's BIG business...and sometimes the lines between business and science get very blurry.

For example, the news just came out that the manufacturer of Synthroid contracted with UCSF pharmacy school for a study to compare the bioavailability of four levothyroxine products. The manufacturer paid the money and helped set up the study.

The results were written up into an article...were extensively peer-reviewed...and accepted by the Journal of the American Medical Association for publication. The article was already at the printer...and WAS PULLED at the last minute.

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