Category Archives: Biomedical research ethics

Researchers and clinical trials

“The reporting of harm is as important as the reporting of efficacy in publications of clinical trials,” a group of French researchers wrote in a study being published in Tuesday’s edition of Archives of Internal Medicine. “However, harm is frequently … Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest bedevil psychiatric drug research

Does it matter if most of the experts who are creating definitions of mental disorders, and standards for the best way to treat them, receive money from pharmaceutical companies? Critics such as Cosgrove say there’s a damaging conflict of interest … Continue reading

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After Falling for Fake Study, Review Board Steps Aside

IRBs must sign off on clinical trials before they can go ahead; a major charge they have is to look out for the well-being of trial subjects. Coast “approved our bogus research protocol for human subjects testing after only minor … Continue reading

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Doctor Admits Pain Studies Were Frauds, Hospital Says

In what may be among the longest-running and widest-ranging cases of academic fraud, one of the most prolific researchers in anesthesiology has admitted that he fabricated much of the data underlying his research, said a spokeswoman for the hospital where … Continue reading

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Outsourcing of Drug Trials Is Faulted

Now, an article about the globalization of clinical trials, published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine raises questions about the ethics and the science of increasingly conducting studies outside the United States — when the studies are meant … Continue reading

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Drug company ‘hid’ suicide link

Secret e-mails reveal that the UK’s biggest drug company distorted trial results of an anti-depressant, covering up a link with suicide in teenagers. Panorama reveals that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) attempted to show that Seroxat worked for depressed children despite failed clinical … Continue reading

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Animal studies ‘of limited use’

The British Medical Journal research looked at studies in six areas and found animal studies agreed with human trials in just three. The high-profile London drug trial which left six men ill was carried out after animal studies showed the … Continue reading

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Industry ‘paid top cancer expert’

The scientist who first linked smoking to lung cancer was paid by a chemicals firm while investigating cancer risks in the industry, it has emerged. more

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UK drug trial disaster: the official report

The final report into a catastrophic drug safety trial that left six men fighting for their lives in the UK in March 2006 has severely criticised Parexel, the firm that carried out the trial. more

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Risky business: Human testing for a profit

Last week, six very healthy men suddenly wound up in a London hospital in critical condition. Earlier this month, 11 otherwise well people tested positive for tuberculosis, according to Montreal`s health department. more

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