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JAMA's new policy is nonsensical. What makes them think that they're owed any confidentiality at all in such a matter? In Leo's case, the information about the author's conflict of interest was a matter of public record. Nothing at all should prevent someone like Leo in such cases to issue press releases to whomever he or she sees fit, particularly so if the journal in question takes a VERY long time to rectify the matter. I have written something on my blog on this issue at: http://ethxblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/medical-journal-primadonnas-end-not...