This is only tangentially related to Schering-Plough -- in that Merck has ghost-writing issues of its own -- and Merck is buying Schering-Plough. Wyeth seems to have tumbled even more deeply into the rabbit hole than Merck has. See it all at PLoS Medicine:
. . . .In July 2009, a US federal court decision resulted in the release of approximately 1,500 documents detailing how articles highlighting specific marketing messages written by unattributed writers, but "authored" by academics, are strategically placed in the medical literature -- a practice known as ghostwriting. To release these documents, PLoS Medicine, represented by the public interest law firm Public Justice, and the New York Times, acted as "intervenors" in litigation against menopausal hormone manufacturers by women who developed breast cancer while taking hormones. PLoS Medicine argued that sealed documents identified during the discovery process for the court case, demonstrating the practice of ghostwriting, should be made available to the public. . . .
As PLoS Medicine Chief Editor Ginny Barbour stated in the motion to intervene, ghostwriting "gives corporate research a veneer of independence and credibility" and may "substantially distort the scientific record"; "threaten[ing] the validity and credibility of medical knowledge." On July 24, 2009, U.S. District Judge William Wilson, Jr., in Little Rock, Arkansas, granted the motion to make discovery materials public as of July 31, 2009.
PLoS has created this web page to make the released documents publicly available without delay. The documents are organized as they were received following the court's decision. PLoS is working with the Drug Industry Documents Archive at the University of California, San Francisco, to develop an indexed archive of the documents. . . .
Click here to browse the documents.