The following is an excerpt from The Vaccine Reaction.
86 Percent of Clinical Trials Funded by Big Pharma
John Abramson, MD has stated that medical students and doctors are being taught the importance of using results of clinical trials to practice evidence-based medicine, but they are not being told that 86 percent of those clinical trials are being funded by Big Pharma.
After the trials are completed, peer reviewers for journals only see summarized data without ever seeing the actual data from clinical trials themselves.
Harvard ethics professor Marcia Angell, MD describes how pharmaceutical companies have a direct hand in the design, analysis, and publication of clinical trials and that academic physicians are nothing more than “hired hands” who carry out the trials as directed then sign their names to ghost-authored reports.
Journal Articles are Now ‘Marketing Machines’
In 2004, Richard Horton, FRCP FMedSci, editor of The Lancet medical journal, wrote, “Journal articles have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry” and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Dr. Angell accused the pharmaceutical industry of becoming “primarily a marketing machine.”
The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful."Marcia Angell, M.D., Harvard Ethics Professor
Dr. Abramson has stated that skewed studies paid for and performed by the pharmaceutical companies harm the public tremendously.
“This is why we’re having the problems of recalls and drugs that don’t turn out to be as good as they say,” Dr. Abramson stated.
Dr. Abramson, who authored the book Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine, played a large role in the investigation of the painkiller Vioxx, which led to the largest drug recall in history after only five years on the market.
Research published in the medical journal The Lancet estimated that 88,000 Americans had heart attacks after taking Vioxx and 38,000 of those resulted in death. (Continued)
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