Tag: corruption

How Dissenting Voices are Silenced in Medicine

Researcher criticizes the many ways opposing viewpoints and dissenting voices are squashed in the field of medicine.

Substantial Spin Found in Leading Psychology and Psychiatry Journals

: A new review finds evidence of spin and the misrepresentation of clinical trials with non-significant results.

Researchers Expose Pharmaceutical Industry Misconduct and Corruption

Corruption of pharmaceutical industry sponsored clinical trials identified as a ā€œmajor obstacleā€ facing evidence-based medicine.

The Inaugural “Shkreli Awards!”

This pieceĀ for the Lown InstituteĀ lists 10 of the most egregious examples of profit-mongering and lack of empathy in healthcare in 2017. These examples include...

Licensed to Bill: How Doctors Profit From Injury Assessments

FromĀ The Globe and Mail: Doctors are making millions of dollars a year by providing independent medical evaluations of accident victims for the auto-insurance industry....

Is the FDA Withholding Data to Protect a Drug Manufacturer?

FromĀ Scientific American: The FDA seems determined to prevent the public from accessing valuable data about the safety, efficacy, and potential adverse effects of the...

The Epidemic of “Junk Science”

FromĀ The Lown Institute: Every year, weĀ spend $240 billionĀ to fund biomedical research. According to a science reporter and author Richard Harris, as much as half...

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

FromĀ The New York Times: Tech companies are increasingly recruiting school teachers to help improve and promote their education tools in exchange for perks, including...

The FBI and Defense Department are Investigating UHS Hospitals

FromĀ BuzzFeed News: America's largest chain of psychiatric hospitals, United Health Services, is currently under investigation by at least three federal agencies including the FBI...

Corrupt Health Care Practices Drive Up Costs and Fail Patients

FromĀ The Huffington Post: Corruption is insidiously pervasive in our healthcare system and dramatically increases our health expenditures. Patients are increasingly being given unnecessary treatments...

Potential Dangers and Dubious History of Alternative Medicine

FromĀ MinnPost: Two recent articles have exposed some of the potentially dangerous effects of alternative treatments including homeopathy and acupuncture, as well as corruption in...

Patient Advocacy Groups Accept Drug Industry Funds

FromĀ The New York Times: A new study has found that more than 80 percent of the nation's patient advocacy groups accept funding from drug...

“A Frenzy Of Lobbying On 21st Century Cures”

Kaiser Health News and NPR report on the immense lobbying effort aimed at passing the "21st Century Cures" Act which would fast-track FDA approval...

ā€œFeds Charge Former Valeant and Philidor Execs with Fraudā€

ā€œThe executive who once ran the specialty pharmacy at the heart of the Valeant Pharmaceutical accounting scandal was arrested Thursday morning, along with a...

ā€œFormer FDA Official Settles Insider Trading Chargesā€

For STAT, Ed Silverman reports that Gordon Johnston, a former FDA official, has agreed to a settlement after being accused of insider trading. ā€œJohnston,...

ā€œDrugs, Greed and a Dead Boyā€

New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, relates the story of Andrew Francesco, a boy who began taking Ritalin at age five and died from complications with Seroquel when he was fifteen. His father, a former pharmaceutical industry executive, reveals the industryā€™s greed in his memoir ā€œOvermedicated and Undertreated.ā€ Now the industry is pushing for a first-amendment right to market its drugs for off-label uses.

Massive Number of Antidepressant Meta-Analyses Biased By Industry

A massive number of meta-analyses of antidepressant clinical trials have financial conflicts of interest and are unduly influenced by pharmaceutical companies, according to a review to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Researchers also found that meta-analyses with industry ties almost never report any negative findings in their abstracts.

ā€œMany Antidepressant Studies Found Tainted by Pharma Company Influenceā€

The Scientific American reports on a new analysis of antidepressant trials revealing that the vast majority of meta-analyses have industry links and suppress negative results.

The Road to Perdition

The recent research scandals out of the University of Minnesotaā€™s Department of Psychiatry may be alarming, but they are not new. Back in the 1990s, when the university was working its way towards a crippling probation by the National Institutes of Health (for yet another episode of misconduct (this time in the Department of Surgery), the Department of Psychiatry hosted two spectacular cases of research wrongdoing, both of which resulted in faculty members being disqualified from conducting research by the FDA.