Industry Influence: FDA “Critical Path”/ Biased Research: BMJ / NIH: still smoke & mirrors

The battle lines were drawn between those who recognize the corrosive effect that the pharmaceutical industry is having on the safety and integrity of medicine and medical research, and the powerful stakeholders–the pharmaceutical-academic industrial complex. Continue reading →

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 →

NYT Editorial: Safe Drug Testing in Prisons?

An editorial in today's New York Times is a follow-up to its riveting report by Ian Urbina on the recommendation by an Institute of Medicine panel to
lift 1978 federal restrictions on medical experiments on prisoners. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/13/us/13inmates.html?
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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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London Drug Trial Catastrophe: Collapse of Science and Ethics

The independent Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) challenges the report issued by the UK government medicines oversight agency, MHRA (equivalent to US FDA), absolving itself and those involved from any responsibility for a catastrophic human experiment that nearly killed six healthy volunteers.
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