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intent to mislead…

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I never thought of myself as a "learned intermediary" – someone who is a go-between between patients and the pharmaceutical industry. I think of myself as someone who needs to know a lot about the drugs I prescribe – gathered from the literature, colleagues, and patients. In fact, I resent being seen that way by […]

only that – tools…

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I was in a Clinical Trial frame of mind after my last post, and I happened to run across a CD that I had gotten with a FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] request a few years ago when I was looking at Paxil Study 329. It’s the data from the original Paxil NDA [New Drug […]

rarely, if ever, available…

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But our discussions of mental illness rarely focus on this inconvenient truth: these illnesses are currently just as fatal as the “big killers.” We must continue to invest in research to develop new and more effective treatments for people with depression and other mental illnesses. The goal must be a future in which no lives […]

into the Boston Harbor…

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UK Recommends Covering Sovaldi Hepatitis Pill Pharmalot: WSJ By Ed Silverman Aug 14, 2014 The U.K. agency that evaluates the cost effectiveness of prescription drugs has recommended the government pay for the controversial Sovaldi hepatitis C treatment, although not for all patients. The move, which still requires a final endorsement, comes as the medicine causes […]

under some of the rocks…

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I started writing about these topics a few years ago because I was stunned by the deceptive presentation methods in clinical trial reporting. And then I discovered that if a trial didn’t come out like they wanted and couldn’t be doctored, they just didn’t publish it. The more I looked, the worse things got. I […]

shame…

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How Much? Gilead Will Charge $900 for Sovaldi in India Pharmalot: WSJ By Ed Silverman Aug 7, 2014 India has become the latest country where the Sovaldi hepatitis C treatment will be offered for $900 per patient. The move, which was reported by The Times of India, comes a few weeks after the manufacturer, Gilead […]

a more legitimate science…

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You’ll never know more about a disease than with those first cases in medical school. The first autopsy, the first case in the clinic, the first hospitalized patient. It’s all so new and things fall on a mind eager to see the things learned in the basic sciences manifested in a real patient. In those […]

beyond…

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In my last post [the illusion of evidence…], I was playing with the phrases evidence of illusion [looking for signs that a scientific paper has used the the techniques of presentation to obscure rather than clarify data] and the illusion of evidence [valuing the mathematical/statistical results of Randomized Clinical Trials over all other sources of […]

the illusion of evidence…

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One could see Matter‘s pairing of The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People and Why Are Dope-addicted, Disgraced Doctors Running Our Drug Trials? mentioned in my last post [some system…] and by others [like Dr. Howard Brody's More on Guinea Pigging--The Quality of Pharmaceutical Research] as a walk on the wild side – disgraced […]

some system…

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The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People How the destitute and the mentally ill are being used as human lab rats Matter By Carl Elliott June 29, 2014 Why Are Dope-addicted, Disgraced Doctors Running Our Drug Trials? Matter By Peter Aldhous June 29, 2014 I don’t know Peter Aldhous, but most of us do […]