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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Doctor raises conflict of interest questions on pregnancy study
By Carey Goldberg, Globe Staff
Late last month, Journal Watch, a publication for doctors seeking quick highlights of recent research, published an overview of an important question: whether pregnant women should take antidepressants.
Journal Watch is published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which also publishes the New England Journal of Medicine.
In an e-mail to the Globe, Urato said that Journal Watch "shouldn't be running one-sided editorials on antidepressants in pregnancy without notifying readers that the author is paid by the antidepressant manufacturers."
Dr. Sandra Ann Carson, Editor-in-Chief of Journal Watch, Women's Health, responded to a Globe query:
"Dr. Urato has mistakenly overlooked the disclosures by Dr. Soares at
Sandra Jacobs, spokeswoman for the publishing division of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said that the site is in the process of being restructured to make financial disclosures more obvious.