No standard for the placebo?

Public release date: 18-Oct-2010 HRR- Requested Repost , in regards to  how to rig double blind cross over placebo drug trial. – “there isn’t anything actually known to be physiologically inert. On top of that, there are no regulations about what goes into placebos –  what is in them is often determined by the makers…

Frequently prescribed drug used in concerning ways with harmful side effects: i.e. Death – benzodiazepines

Contact: Kate Taylor TaylorKa@smh.ca 647-393-7527 St. Michael’s Hospital TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2013—A popular class of drugs commonly used to treat sleep and mood symptoms continues to be frequently prescribed despite being known to have potentially life-threatening side effects. Previous studies have linked benzodiazepines – a medication class that may be used in chronic obstructive pulmonary…

Couple Claim Cop Stole Their Drugs: Utah does not safeguard personal prescription information from unlawful access or dissemination

By JONNY BONNER SALT LAKE CITY (CN) – A city cop used Utah’s prescription drug database to visit a couple’s home for so-called “pill checks” and steal their pain drugs, hoping “they would be too dumb to notice the pills were missing,” the couple claim in court. Candy Holmes and Russell Smithe, a married couple,…

Smart drugs to ‘moral enhancement’: a chemical approach to transhumanism

By Olivia Solon 06 September 12 Steroids. Ritalin. Modafinil. Prozac. EPO. These are just a selection of drugs that could be described as boosting the cognitive or physical performance of human beings. As part of Wired.co.uk’s Transhuman Week, we take a look at what chemical enhancements there are on the horizon. Memory enhancement Baylor University researchers…

Drug company funding of drug trials greatly influences outcome – 35x Better Outcome if Funded by the Drug Company

Contact: Wallace Ravven wravven@pubaff.ucsf.edu 415-476-2557 University of California – San Francisco Drug company funding of drug trials greatly influences outcome In head-to-head trials of two drugs, the one deemed better appears to depend largely on who is funding the study, according to an analysis of nearly 200 statin-drug comparisons carried out between 1999 and 2005.…