FDA Investigator: “The Clinical Trial System is Broken”

Kermit Cole
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A featured article in the British Medical Journal relates the perspective of FDA investigator Thomas Marciniak, who says “Drug companies have turned into marketing machines. They’ve kind of lost sight of the fact that they’re actually doing something which involves your health . . . You’ve got to take away the key components of the trials from drug companies.” 1 boring Old Man reflects further on the implications for psych drugs.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

4 COMMENTS

    • As you already know, psychiatric drug withdrawal reactions are pointed to by psychiatrists and drug companies as “relapse” and “prove” that the people experiencing the reactions are truly “sick.” What this gets is another and bigger dose of toxic drugs, often with new toxic drugs added into the cocktail.

      All of this gives psychiatrists a chance to prescribe more and more drugs, which proves to them that they are truly doctors. So, they surely don’t want any studies done on anything like this and they don’t even believe in drug withdrawal from psych drugs.

      And then you have the wonderful drug companies. They surely don’t want any studies done on this since it just might lead to lower profits for them and profit is all that they live for.