Category: Ineffective Treatments

Acid reflux misdiagnosed 90% of the time in babies

Public Release: 2-May-2016 Even doctors get confused about reflux disease in babies New study shows that clinical symptoms are only rarely validated by the gold-standard reflux test Thomas Jefferson University (PHILADELPHIA) – Millions of Americans currently use medication for their indigestion and reflux, so it may come as […]

Benzodiazepines ineffective in treating anxiety disorders and may increase dementia risk

Public Release: 5-Oct-2015   Osteopathic psychiatrists encourage patients to review treatment options to improve outcomes and reduce risks American Osteopathic Association Patients taking benzodiazepines to treat psychiatric conditions should consider transitioning to other therapies because of heightened risks for dementia and death, according to clinicians from the American […]

Mammography benefits overestimated

Public Release: 7-Jul-2015 King’s College London An in-depth review of randomised trials on screening for breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate and lung cancers, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, shows that the benefits of mammographic screening are likely to have been overestimated. This overestimation results […]

Another Major Blow to Statin Therapy

  For patients in the lowest risk group, the researchers calculated that doctors would need to treat 57-66 patients for 10 years to prevent one heart attack. In the intermediate risk group, doctors would need to treat 42-47 patients over 10 years to get the same benefit. And […]

NLST data highlight probability of lung cancer overdiagnosis / overdiagnosis rate for bronchioloalveolar lung cancer was 78.9 percent

Contact: Shawn Farley 703-648-8936 American College of Radiology NLST data highlight probability of lung cancer overdiagnosis with low-dose CT screening Philadelphia, PA—Data from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST)—conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and National Cancer Institute Lung Screening Study—provided researchers the […]

4 common antipsychotic drugs found to lack safety and effectiveness in older adults: aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), and risperidone (Risperdal)

Contact: Debra Kain 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego In older adults, antipsychotic drugs are commonly prescribed off-label for a number of disorders outside of their Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indications – schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The largest number of antipsychotic prescriptions in older adults […]

WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies” – FULL report from the BMJ and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism 2010

2010 report posted for filing Conflicts of Interest WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies” Deborah Cohen, features editor, BMJ, Philip Carter, journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, London Key scientists advising the World Health Organization on planning for an influenza pandemic had done paid work for pharmaceutical […]

Pfizer can do no wrong, or at least not enough to get found guilty ( Off-guideline does not equate to off-label )

Suit Over Pfizer Lipitor Labels Gave Judge ‘Paine’ By ADAM KLASFELD BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) – A federal judge invoked Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” in dismissing allegations that Pfizer illegally marketed its cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor. In her fifth complaint against Pfizer under the False Claims Act, former employee Dr. […]

Statins may worsen symptoms in some cardiac patients: those with diastolic heart failure (DHF) experienced the opposite effect, including increased dyspnea, fatigue, and decreased exercise tolerance.

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Jennifer Stawarz 847-498-8306 American College of Chest Physicians Although statins are widely used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular disorders, new research shows that the class of drugs may actually have negative effects on some cardiac patients. A new […]

Commentary warns of unexpected consequences of proton pump inhibitor (Antacids) use in reflux disease : Multiple Serious Side effects

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Jessica Mikulski 703-535-3762 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Alexandria, VA – Despite being highly effective and beneficial for many patients, unexpected consequences are emerging in patients who are prescribed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for reflux diseases. Physicians […]

BMJ editor urges Roche to fulfil promise to release Tamiflu trial data: Or anything that shows the drug does more good than harm.

Contact: Stephanie Burns 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal BMJ editor urges Roche to fulfil promise to release Tamiflu trial data Journal launches open data campaign to compel greater accountability in healthcare In an open letter to company director, Professor Sir John Bell, she says: “Billions of pounds of […]

GAO: FDA fails to follow up on unproven drugs ” FDA has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits”

2009 report posted for filing   By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer Matthew Perrone, Ap Business Writer   WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn’t extend patients’ lives, […]

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer patients with heart conditions linked to increased death risk : Doubles risk of dying

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Lori J. Shanks 617-534-1604 JAMA and Archives Journals Men with coronary artery disease-induced congestive heart failure or heart attack who receive hormone therapy before or along with radiation therapy for treatment of prostate cancer have an associated increased risk of death, […]

Chemotherapys False Expectations : 69 percent of patients with advanced lung cancer and 81 percent of patients with advanced colorectal cancer did not understand that the chemotherapy they were receiving was not at all likely to cure their disease

Advanced Cancer Patients Overoptimistic About Chemotherapy’s Ability to Cure, Study Finds ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2012) — Findings from a nationwide study led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute suggest that patients with advanced lung or colorectal cancer are frequently mistaken in their beliefs that chemotherapy can cure their […]