The New England Journal of Medicine has published an apology in this week’s issue, admitting to violating its own conflict-of-interest policy.

According to the journal, they have violated their own conflict-of-interest policy 19 times over the past three years. The journal is considered one of the most prestigious of medical publications.

A review of the journal was prompted after a news report surfaced pointing out one such violation. In each violation, the journal allowed articles by individuals who had financial ties to pharmaceutical giants such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck & Co., Pharmacia & Upjohn and Wyeth-Ayerst.

According to the journal, a stricter policy for review articles is difficult to maintain because “there’s so much connection between academia and the private sector now.”

Here are two links:
Medical journal publishes apology for conflicts of… Nando Health/Science
Medical journal discloses violations MSNBC Health

See Planet Chiropractic related article from October of 99′
Medical Journal May Have Flouted Own Ethics 8 Times

Update: Here is a link to the Los Angeles Times Article

L.A. Times: Top Medical Journal Admits 19 Lapses of Ethics Policy

The L.A. Times was the first to bring light to the activities of the New England Journal of Medicine back in October of 1999. @ 7:01 am | Article ID: 951408079