Psychological ‘vaccine’ could help immunize public against ‘fake news’ on climate change

Public Release: 22-Jan-2017   University of Cambridge   In medicine, vaccinating against a virus involves exposing a body to a weakened version of the threat, enough to build a tolerance. Social psychologists believe that a similar logic can be applied to help “inoculate” the public against misinformation, including the damaging influence of ‘fake news’ websites…

Physicians Lack knowledge about FDA approval standards for ‘breakthrough therapy’

73 percent incorrectly believed FDA approval meant comparable effectiveness to other approved drugs; 70 percent incorrectly believed approval required both a statistically significant and clinically important effect. Among the 3 breakthrough knowledge questions, 52 percent incorrectly believed that strong evidence (randomized trials) is needed to earn the breakthrough designation. Public Release: 12-Apr-2016   The JAMA…

Big pharma inconsistent with disclosure of information on clinical trials, new study finds

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015   ‘Good Pharma Scorecard’ ranks drugs based on their transparency and ethical practices NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine Despite legal and ethical requirements, information on clinical trials for drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) varied widely among some of the world’s largest…

Drug treatments to prevent hip fracture are neither viable, cost effective, yet dangerous

Public Release: 26-May-2015 “Pharmacotherapy can achieve at best a marginal reduction in hip fractures at the cost of unnecessary psychological harms, serious medical adverse events Current strategy is inefficient and associated with considerable harms, say experts Professor Teppo Järvinen and colleagues say drug treatment “can achieve at best a marginal reduction in hip fractures at…

Corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry is common, serious and repetitive

Requested Re-print of BMJ 2012;345:e8462  – Original PDF File: Pharma Crime Pays Corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry is common, serious and repetitive by Peter C. Gøtzsche, Professor MD, DrMedSci, MSc Nordic Cochrane Centre Rigshospitalet, Dept. 7811 Copenhagen 14 Dec 2012 A short version of this article has been published in the BMJ: Gøtzsche PC. Big pharma often commits corporate…

International Counterfeit Drug Ring Hit in Massive Sting / 1,677 illegal pharmacy Web Sites claiming to be CVS, Walgreens etc..

Pill of Goods: International Counterfeit Drug Ring Hit in Massive Sting Court documents review process that led the FDA to shut down more than 1,600 illegal pharmacy Web sites By Dina Fine Maron  | Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 5 Pill of Goods Image: EssjayNZ It may be the largest organized crime network that you have…

FDA redactions policy violates Freedom of Information Act / Conceals Drug and Medical device dangers form the public

Open gov’t groups: FDA redactions rules skirt law Transparency groups: Long-standing FDA redactions policy violates Freedom of Information Act By Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Associated Press – 22 hrs ago   WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal policy that allows the Food and Drug Administration to withhold key details about drugs, medical implants and other products…

Think that’s ACTUAL fruit in your cereal? How food companies replace the real deal with ‘imposter’ sugar balls and soybean oil

Consumer watchdogs warn lebals are fooling  us with high-sugar ‘fruit imposters’ inside packaging promising ‘real fruit,  full of vitamins’ The FDA permits labels to say ‘real fruit’  as long as the word ‘flavoured’ also appears on the  packaging By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:12:41 EST, 14  November 2012| UPDATED:18:15 EST, 14 November 2012 When consumers see…

Class Action Lawsuit Against Eli Lilly and Company Regarding Cymbalta ” Alleges that Lilly misrepresented the risks associated with taking Cymbalta and misled consumers about the frequency, severity, and duration of “Cymbalta withdrawal.”

Eli Lilly & Co. LLY  | 10/31/2012 9:10:25 PM Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Keller Rohrback P.L.C., Pogust Braslow Millrood LLC and Deskin Law Firm, a PLC File a Class Action Lawsuit Against Eli Lilly and Company Regarding Cymbalta — LLY SEATTLE, Oct. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Attorney Advertisement Material. Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Keller Rohrback P.L.C.,…

Most scientific paper retractions due to misconduct: study

By Agence France-Presse Monday, October 1, 2012 21:13 EDT WASHINGTON — When a biomedical study is retracted, most of the time it is because of misconduct rather than error, a report published Monday said. Two-thirds of all retractions around the world stem from acts like fraud, suspected fraud or plagiarism, it added. And as a…

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

The doctors prescribing the drugs don’t know they don’t do what they’re meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they’re not telling. Ben Goldacre The Guardian,   Friday 21 September 2012 18.00 EDT Drugs are tested by their manufacturers,  in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and…

Retraction record rocks community: One of the biggest purges of the scientific literature in history is finally getting under way

Anaesthesiology tries to move on after fraud investigations. David Cyranoski 19 September 2012 One of the biggest purges of the scientific literature in history is finally getting under way. After more than a decade of suspicion about the work of anaesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii, formerly of Toho University in Tokyo, investigations by journals and universities have concluded…