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Bipolar disorder supplement needed broader perspective

David J Castle, Michael Berk and Barbara M Hocking
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (6): 326.
Published online: 21 March 2011

In reply: Jureidini and colleagues raise legitimate issues pertinent to our Medical Journal of Australia supplement on bipolar disorders, and we are pleased to respond. First, the extent of sponsorship from AstraZeneca was for publication only. One of us (D J C) discussed the idea of the supplement with the Editor of the Journal, and AstraZeneca expressed interest in supporting the project. Neither the Journal editors nor any of the supplement authors were involved in the sponsorship negotiations between AstraZeneca and the publisher of the Journal, and neither received any financial or other assistance or reimbursement from AstraZeneca. Second, as Coordinating Editors of the supplement, we determined the content of the supplement without any input from AstraZeneca, and we directly solicited articles from leading experts of our choice in appropriate fields. All articles were subject to the usual review process accorded all publications in the Journal.

  • David J Castle1
  • Michael Berk1
  • Barbara M Hocking2

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 SANE Australia, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: david.castle@svhm.org.au

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