A surefire cure for forgetfulness

There have been a lot of stories recently about physicians and scientists failing to disclose conflicts of interest in journal publications and regulatory filings. Invariably the guilty party claims the failure to disclose was an “oversight” or blames the problem on a secretary or other underling.

Now the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is beginning to blacklist authors and institutions that fail to disclose conflicts, according to the Wall Street Journal. That should reduce the forgetfulness.

December 28, 2005

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