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NEWS Antidote BY DR. SIEGEL Journal editors toughen Readers of this column are not surprised at the firestorm conflict of interest rules of vaccine mongering—entirely ReseaRcheRs submitting with non-financial associations, unsubstantiated and inflamma- manuscripts to many medical including personal, professional, journals will have to fill out a political, institutional or religious tory, that has been leveled at the more probing disclosure form associations that might have new swine flu vaccine. I have aimed at exposing potential con- bearing on the submitted work. spent years arguing on behalf flicts of interest. “although efforts are under The International commit- way to establish uniform report- of updating how we make flu vaccines. The cell cul- tee of Medical Journal editors ing systems, there is currently no ture techniques and genetic techniques we employ (IcMJe) has issued a revised uniform vehicle for the disclo- in many other vaccines are lacking in flu vaccines, Uniform Disclosure Form for sure of financial associations,” Potential conflicts of Inter- said IcMJe leaders in an edi- in part because manufacturers are afraid to try new est. The new form, which must torial. The Wall Street Journal techniques for fear of provoking a new public worry. be completed by each author, reported that at least a dozen consider that the h1N1 vaccine uses a tried and requires identification of direct journals have agreed to use the or indirect commercial support new form, to be phased in over true process that has been in place for over 50 years. received for the manuscript, as the next few months. IcMJe Imagine what the outcry would be if the technique well as any revenue from com- member publications include were updated. completely inaccurate claims are get- mercial entities with interests The British Medical Journal, The
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