The catalyst for Dr. Elliott’s article was the tragic case of Dan Markingson, a 26-year old who committed suicide in May 2004, while enrolled in the CAFE trial, prescribed Seroquel. This case encapsulates the tragic consequences of a broken system which is not designed to detect the hazards for human subjects posed by market-driven research.

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"The vote is an enormous blow to Avandia and GlaxoSmithKline. The vast majority of panel members voted either to withdraw the drug or to allow continued sales only if strict controls are added"

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Evidence that GlaxoSmithKline concealed adverse events in their trial testing their diabetes drug, Avandia, raises the question “whether the entire system is corrupt.” “To the extent that we can’t trust the data. We are in jeopardy of giving patients the wrong drugs.” Dr. Jerome Kassirer

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In response to yesterday’s AHRP Infomail (March 5)  in which we informed readers that Dr. Gilbert Ross, the Medical Director of the American Council on Science and Helath (ACSH), the author of a WT OpEd (March 4, 2010), is a convicted felon, whose medical license was revoked after serving two years in prison for healthcare fraud: 

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Pit-bull attack against Sen. Grassely, Sen. Baucus and FDA safety officer, David Graham MD by a fellon whose medical license was revoked for Medicaid fraud: "I violated every ethical trust placed in me as a doctor."

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“I was trained from day one to market the drug illegally…My job was to promote Neurontin and motivate doctors to experiment on patients. After being hired as a medical liaison, I was selling drugs. The uses promoted were from the “snake-oil list” of 13 medical conditions."  

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