^^ Absolutely. When I ran the clinical psych research ward at Mt. Sinai (NYC) many years ago we took on a few relatively minor drug company studies that we weren't very interested in. (The vast majority of our research was federally funded by NIH and the VA). We, and pretty much everyone else, would do this because the money allowed us to hire extra research assistants who would spend some of their time on the drug company stuff but could also be used some of the time for the real research we were interested in. So it was a way to fund more of the research you really wanted to do.
Not everything in peer reviewed journals is any good. Read the financial disclosure sections in major journals and your head will spin. And read "The Truth About the Drug Companies" by Marcia Angell (former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine). Among other shocking disclosures, she describes published drug company studies that were entirely fabricated, made up from thin air.
Last edited by ollinger; 11-17-2012 at 12:26 PM.