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Monday, June 11, 2007

Journal Watch makes financial ties more visible

By Carey Goldberg, Globe Staff

Late last month, Dr. Adam Urato filed a complaint with the editors of Journal Watch, which summarizes research highlights for doctors, about an article on antidepressant use during pregnancy.

Urato, an assistant professor and obstetrician at Tufts-New England Medical Center, complained that the piece failed to disclose prominently enough that its author had received payments from several antidepressant makers, and that it painted antidepressant use in a more positive light than warranted by current data.

Now, Urato pointed out to the Globe today, the online journal has changed the piece to display the authorís financial ties right at the bottom of the main body of the article, instead of a few clicks away.

"It's a step in the right direction," he said in an e-mail.

Journal Watch is published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which also publishes the New England Journal of Medicine.

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