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ISMPP Supports Best Practices and Transparency in Medical Publications: Better Understanding of Terms Such as 'Ghostwriting' Needed
Date:10/15/2009

ould not generalize or attribute poor practices in one small area to the entire industry," said Julia Ralston, President-Elect of ISMPP. "Responsible medical writing and publication planning support the full disclosure of scientific data and ultimately benefit the public."

ISMPP will continue to undertake a set of educational initiatives and reinforce best practices on timely issues surrounding medical publications. International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) Position Statement: The Role of the Professional Medical Writer was published in a peer-reviewed journal (Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2007;23(8):1837-1840) to delineate the differences between recognized professional medical writers and undisclosed ghostwriters. As part of the organization's ongoing commitment, a key guidance document, developed by an ISMPP Steering Committee, will soon be available that updates the initial Good Publication Practice guidelines, published in 2003. This guidance document endorses the need for practitioners to follow other key guidance documents such as those of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The reality is that publication standards have advanced tremendously in recent years and all stakeholders in this multidisciplinary process need to act in a professional manner consistent with the latest standards and guidelines.

About ISMPP

The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals is an independent non-profit professional association with members from the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries; publication planning and medical communication companies; academia; and medical journal staff, including editors and publishers. Its goals are to support the educational needs of publication professionals and to develop best practices that ensure the rigorous maintenance of all ethical standards for reporting results of medical research. Additional informatio
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