NEJM letter retracted over authorship

Co- authors of a letter about antipsychotic medications may have played no role in its content; first author claims misunderstanding

Kirsten Weir
Apr 11, 2007
The New England Journal of Medicine this month retracted a letter from the January 25, 2007 issue following suggestions that two of its co-authors did not collaborate on the content.The correspondence was attributed to authors Hadi Meeran Hussain of the Military Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; Matthew Hotopf of King's College, London; and Femi Oyebode of the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital in Birmingham, UK.The recent retraction notice included a short statement by Hussain, the first author, who wrote he requested the article be removed "because there has been concern about the provenance and authorship." In fact, said NEJM spokesperson Karen Pederson, "there was some concern as to whether the two UK authors listed were actually involved."The letter in question commented on a paper that appeared in the NEJM last October investigating the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in Alzheimer's patients. Psychiatrist Lon S. Schneider of the University of Southern California and...

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