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BMJ. 2007 July 28; 335(7612): 172.
PMCID: PMC1934433
Journals and Drug Advertising

Beware advertising packages

Vasiliy Vlassov, professor

In post-Soviet Russia, almost all journals depend mostly on advertisements.1 2 The most prosperous journals bring profits for their owners, and the owners then press the journals to raise more money through advertisements. This does not reduce the pressure on the content of the journal but introduces another—the demand for more profits.

All advertisers have some influence on the content of the journals to support their advertisements. And if one advertiser succeeds in this, it will not lead to complaints from their competitors. Rather the opposite: competitor advertisers will demand that the journal provides a similar service for them. In Russia these days the publication of advertisements with the supporting “scientific” paper is the usual advertiser's package.


Competing interests: None declared.


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2. Williams G. Should medical journals carry drug advertising? No. BMJ 2007;335:75 (14 July.) [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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