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Revista de Saúde Pública

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MIGUELOTE, Vera Regina da Silva  and  CAMARGO JR, Kenneth Rochel de. Knowledge industry: a powerful mechanism. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.1, pp.190-196. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102010000100021.

The paper deals with the pharmaceutical industry's links to the knowledge industry, through powerful marketing strategies. With the aim of scientifically legitimizing its products, the pharmaceutical industry interferes with the production of medical knowledge. In the form of a mechanism for directing economic interests, it funds drug research, biases its results and stimulates the production and publication of scientific papers. This is a mechanism that threatens important ethical issues: it transforms the process of scientific legitimization into a marketing strategy, compromises the credibility of the process of constructing medical knowledge and encourages distortions of the criteria for evaluating the quality of scientific papers.

Keywords : Drug Industry; Biomedical Research; Drug Publicity; Marketing.

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