finds drug industry funded studies almost always yield good results
study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has revealed
that industry-funded clinical trials -- that is, drug trials funded by pharmaceutical
companies -- almost always show positive results for the drugs they test.
In contrast, only about half of government-funded studies show the same
drugs to be safe and effective.
of the study may not come as much of a surprise to many who already recognize
the corruption inherent in drug company-funded clinical trials. But they
do broadcast this reality to a much larger audience than ever before.
to the study, out of 546 drug trials evaluated, industry-funded studies
showed positive outcomes 85 percent of the time while 72 percent of trials
funded by nonprofits or non-governmental organizations showed positive results.
72 percent, those nonprofit and non-governmental studies that received some
funding contributions from drug companies showed positive results 85 percent
of the time, while those that did not had positive outcomes only 61 percent
of the time.
68 percent of industry-funded studies are not published until at least two
years after they have been completed, allowing time for data manipulation.
On the other hand, more than half of government, nonprofit and non-governmental
studies are published within the first two years.
paper explains that ClinicalTrials.gov, a repository of all clinical trials
completed since 1999, is a great tool for evaluating clinical trials to
see who funded them and how long they took to be published. Using this tool,
people can evaluate the studies for themselves to assess which ones are
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