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 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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In its continuing coverage of corrupt clinical drug trial practices, Bloomberg News reports that all three founders of SFBC International, one of the largest clinical trial business operations that had failed to even screen human subjects for turberculosis, and threatened others with deportation if they refused to become guinea pigs, quit after the Senate Finance committee began investigating  drug trial safety issues:

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"Every year, drug companies spend $14 billion to test experimental substances on humans. Across the U.S., the centers that do the testing–and the regulators who watch them–allow scores of human test subjects to be injured or killed."

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