Curt D. Furberg, MD, an internationally recognized cardiovascular epidemiologist with expertise in clinical trials, drug safety and public health. Dr. Furberg is a Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University who has chaired NIH’s Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack (ALLHAT) Steering Committee and has been a vocal advocate for…Read More
David Graham, MD, FDA’s Associate Director of Science and Medicine who, throughout his career, has been a thorn for FDA managers by identifying hazardous drug effects. In 1999, his data helped identify the risk of liver damage from Pfizer’s diabetes drug Rezulin — which eventually was withdrawn from the market. In 2004, he emerged as…Read More
“You could say these marketing tactics are merely concerning. But I think of them as satanic. What the data are telling us is that these drugs are ruining people’s lives,” said Phillip Prior, MDRead More
"I’m as big a fan of the 1st Amendment as anyone, but this decision strikes me as fundamentally flawed. We’re not talking about a right to express yourself. We’re talking about selling stuff — stuff that could harm or even kill you if used improperly." David Lazarus, LA TimesRead More
Why didn’t Barbara Starfield’s Findings (JAMA 2000) cause a major overhaul of US medicine?
List of FDA-licensed prescription drugs withdrawn from US market for safety issues:
Between 1973 and 1991 (18 years) —16 drugs were withdrawan; Between 1992 and 2011 (19 years)—28 drugs were withdrawn.
The latest area of controversy focuses on the proposed revision of the definition "behavioral addiction disorder" extending the addiction diagnosis to include drug, alcohol and gambling. It is estimated that the change would expand the number of people labeled as "addicts" by 20 to 30 million who would be entitled to treatment and disability payments costing taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars.Read More
Even if retracted, published clinical trial reports that misrepresent findings, withhold negative data, or make false, or unsubstantiated claims have done irreparable damage. AHRP calls upon all medical journals to adopt a publication policy requiring submission of the sponsor’s formal Clinical Study Report to accompany articles about clinical trial findings.Read More
Even as the corruption of science is no longer a dirty little secret, but is in plain sight, no one is doing anything tostop it. April 16, 2012 A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform By CARL ZIMMER In the fall of 2010, Dr. Ferric C. Fang made an unsettling discovery. Dr.…Read More
A year after professor Susan M. Reverby, a historian at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, uncovered a heinous Guatemalan syphilis experiment conducted between 1946 and 1948, on at least 5,500 under the auspices of the US Public Health Service, a hearing was held this week about the findings of the President’s Bioethics Commission investigation. The…Read More
The Obama Administration has embarked on an aggressive course of action that will accelerate the pace at which the integrity of American medicine–is sullied beyond repair.Read More