A Canadian Federal Court decision (July 9, 2018) is a victory not only for Dr. Peter Doshi who filed a suit to gain access to pharmaceutical data, against the Attorney General of Canada; it is a victory for “open access” and affirmation of the importance of  “freedom of expression.” “Freedom of expression certainly includes the…

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FDA documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that the FDA has been concealing from the medical community and the public serious research misconduct; including fraud, deception, avoidable risks for human subjects — even deaths — that occurred in clinical trials. The FDA documents were obtained by Charles Seife, a journalism professor at New…

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1967-1968: Grünenthal executives were put on trial in Aachen, Germany The indictment charged the company with intent to commit bodily harm and involuntary manslaughter.  The central defendant was Dr. Heinrich Mückter, an indicted Nazi war criminal, who was the company’s chief scientist and head of research. Mückter was credited with the development of thalidomide and…

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Cholesterol Myths Debunked–Bad News for Statin Drug manufacturers Fri, 11 Jul 2003 The demise of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not the only case of medical fraud perpetrated by the medical establishment whose practitioners’ professional judgment and clinical practice is too often guided by the pharmaceutical industry. A major scientific review of the cholesterol lowering…

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Antidepressant Makers Withhold Data on Children – Washington Post Thu, 29 Jan 2004 A front page article in The Washington Post addresses the key issue undermining public health and safety. Drug companies conceal unfavorable clinical trial findings: the tests failed to demonstrate that antidepressants are either safe or beneficial for children. The truth is finally…

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Bad Medicine – Editorial – Guardian UK Sat, 12 Jun 2004 New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, is being recognized as a hero on both sides of the Atlantic. That’s because, unlike FDA officials, he knows how to use a “smoking gun” to affect change in corporate practices to protect the public health! An…

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FDA Is Flexing Less Muscle where Safety is the Issue – Wash Post Thu, 18 Nov 2004 The Washington Post examines FDA’s record of surveillance and the evidence is clear: since 1992 when Congress required drug companies to pay users fees to the FDA, the agency’s focus changed from safety concerns to business concerns. Curt…

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