The staff of PLoS Medicine does not like ghostwritten articles:
If you are an editor, author, reviewer, or reader of medical journals, or if you depend on your doctor or health care provider getting unbiased information from medical journals, then the 1,500 documents now hosted on the PLoS Medicine Web site
Here’s just one sample thread  that gives an idea of the topsy-turvy world invented by the pharmaceutical and medical writing companies involved. While readers expect and assume that the named academic authors on a paper carried out the piece of work and then wrote up their article or review informed by their professional qualifications and expertise, instead we see a prime example of “ghostwriting”: a writing company was commissioned to produce a manuscript on a piece of research to fit the drug company’s needs and then a person was identified to be the “author”:
An email from a writer employed by the medical writing company, DesignWrite, to employees of Wyeth, the company that performed the study, and Parthenon (another medical writing company) on November 10, 2003 concerning manuscripts on Totelle (a brand of hormone replacement therapy manufactured by Wyeth) tells the story concisely. “Thanks to all who have reviewed and approved the manuscripts… I have received no word on authors for the Totelle 2 mg bone manuscript P3(2), and need input on this matter before this manuscript can move forwards.” [our (PLoS) emphasis added]
The good news is that they’re working on making the 1,500 fraudulently authored articles searchable in a public database (you can find the raw documents here). Look, we already know Wyeth and other drug companies are shit, but our colleagues who participated in this serial scam of the nation’s health and medical practioners need to be held accountable.
Simply put, it is unethical to put your name to research you did not conduct or participate in, particularly when it’s serving as corporate propaganda. Why should I trust anything they publish or submit as grant proposals?