Clinical Drug Trials, Bought And Paid For

What a shock: when a major pharmaceutical company sponsors a study comparing the effectiveness of its product over its competitors, they aren’t paying to be trumped. They’re stacking the deck.

When companies like Eli Lilly or Pfizer sponsor a study, they almost invariably come out on top as more effective than their rivals. Comparatively, federal studies often show that drugs not under patent are the most effective in treating illnesses.

Studies sponsored by drug companies try to stiff the competition by using too low dosages on competitors’ drugs, or very specific statistical or clinical wording to make their drug shine through.

So doctors depend on clinical studies to prescribe the right medicine, but those clinical studies are essentially advertisements Well well well. First diseasemongering, now buying clinical trials off. What will the pharmaceutical industry think up next?

Drug studies skewed toward study sponsors [Washington Post]


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  1. aixwiz says:

    What will the pharmaceutical industry think up next?

    Well, you missed a couple of points:
    1. Drug companies take medical research funded by our tax dollars and patent it.
    2. They are also willing to bribe congress critters to block natural remedies for diseases/health problems so they can sell us what amounts to synthetic poison.

    Take it from someone who has spent their life on one drug or another to treat various health problems: the drug companies only care about $$$, not you the consumer. As long as they can keep selling their product at overly inflated prices, they will.

  2. Mary Marsala With Fries says:

    What will the pharmaceutical industry think up next?

    …Yes, I think we should be asking instead, “What else HAVE they thought up already, and been shafting us with for years?”

    And we need to ask it *quick*, before more of them buy the right combination of politicians and net themselves immunity from lawsuits. *shudder*