UK Chanel 4 Investigates: The Drug Trial That Went Wrong_Critique NEJM Editorial

“The Drug Trial That Went Wrong” is an investigative report by Chanel 4 (UK) about the circumstances surrounding the near fatal drug trial testing the safety of  TGN1412, a monoclonal antibody drug, conducted in March 2006 at London’s Northwick Park Hospital. [1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/5377226.stm  It airs momorrow. Continue reading →

Did regulators fail over SSRIs? BMJ

Dr. David Healy, a formidable critic of the iron grip pharmaceutical corporations wield on the practice of psychiatry as well as on psychiatry’s deficient journal reports, directs his criticism at drug regulators in an article in the current British Medical Journal (BMJ). Continue reading →

British Rethinking Rules After Ill-Fated Drug Trial_NYT

A front page report in The New York Times provides additonal information about the catastrophic TGN1412 medical experiment in which 6 previously healthy volunteers were intravenously injected with monoclonal antibody in a highly risky procedure.
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Disasterous Drug Trial_FDA New Rules Ensure More Disasters to Follow

Unless Congress acts to overrule the FDA, research disasters such as occurred in London, when six healthy men were exposed to an experimental substance that brought them close to death, are likely to occur with increased frequency. Continue reading →

Guinea Pig Gang: Meet U.S. Students Who Rent Their Bodies for Cash

A series of news reports may be a rude awakening to the fact that there are hidden, potentially lethal hazards of participating in clinical trials—and those hazards are concealed from the human guinea pigs who are enticed with promise of easy money. Continue reading →