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Elsevier apology

Elsevier, a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information, has issued a public apology after it became apparent that the Australian offices published several sham journals on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine was apparently peer-reviewed but is unavailable via MEDLINE and does not appear to have a website. The publication appears to have been sponsored by Merck and was used as a marketing tool for drugs such as Fosamax® and Vioxx®.

Elsevier are currently conducting an internal review and have reviewed current practices to ensure this does not happen again. It is currently believed that this is an isolated incident.

Action: Clinicians should ensure that changes in practice are supported by best evidence published in trusted sources such as NICE, Cochrane and the National Prescribing Centre.

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