The difficulty of identifying academic experts who have not crossed over to the commercially funded research was acknowledged by Dr. Marcia Angell, just before she relinquished her position as editor of The New England Journal of Medicine (“Is Academic Medicine for Sale?” . . . Continue reading →
CORRECTION: An Associated Press article about a federal criminal case accusing Dr. P. Trey Sunderland III of improperly accepting consulting fees from a drug maker, misstated the level of the charge against him. Dr. Sunderland was charged with "non-willful" criminal violation, a misdemeanor which carries a maximum one year prison term and $100,000 fine. It is NOT a felony, which is punishable by more than one year prison term.
"When an expert joins this kind of board, clearly it's going to compromise their ability to speak out" Continue reading →
No Free Lunch is an example of disingenuous focus on trivia while avoiding the real issues that are corrupting medicine. Continue reading →
In essence FDA proposals merely change the seating arrangement on the deck of the sinking Titanic. Eli Lilly announced that it intends to seek FDA approval for a long-lasting injectable form of Zyprexa (taken once a month).
Merck is lobbying states to MANDATE schoolgirls to be vaccinated with its new vaccine. Continue reading →
The first in the BBC-Panorama series elicited more than 65,000 emails and phone calls.The fourth report aired tonight, focuses on study #329, the largest of the Paxil pediatric trials. BBC will show evidence of how the published report of this trial was . . . Continue reading →
To gain insight into how a pharmaceutical giant is revving up itsr troops to lobby Congress against the legislation. See Pfizer CEO’s directive to the entire staff exhorting them to mobilize and lobby Congress to vote against drug price controls. http://www.pfizerfactfiction.com/mma/flash.html
Readers of the New England Journal of Medicine should be forewarned: The information in the pages of the NEJM is tainted by industry influence, its professional and scientific integrity are tainted. Continue reading →
Unssuccessful effort to engage debate within the community of the authorized clinical research gatekeepers charged with protecting the safety and welfare of the human subjects of research–i.e., members of institutional review boards (IRBs–REBs in Canada). Continue reading →
An eye opening article by Jeanne Lenzer, “NIH Secrets,” in The New Republic (below), should make the new Congress sit up and take notice!