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Talking science: How honest is science?

From the editor of the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet, Dr. Richard Horton: Medical research is “unreliable at best, if not completely bogus”.

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Are you really safe when taking prescribed pharmaceutical drugs?

At least half of all scientific tests conducted on the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs are worthless or worse, according to the editor of the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, Dr. Richard Horton 1. Calling it “a turn towards darkness”, he warns that medical research is “unreliable at best, if not completely bogus”.

Big pharma falsifies

Major pharmaceutical companies falsify or manipulate tests by taking samples too small to be statistically meaningful.

They hire test labs or scientists that have blatant conflicts of interest such as pleasing the drug company to get further grants of money from them.

Dr. Horton published his statement after attending a symposium on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research at the Wellcome Trust in London in April last year.

Calling it “criminal dereliction and malfeasance”, he said: “Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.

“Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

He said that major pharmaceutical companies falsify or manipulate tests on the health, safety and effectiveness of their various drugs by taking samples too small to be statistically meaningful or hiring test labs or scientists where the lab or scientist pleases the drug company to get further grants.

“90% of medical research tainted”

One of the world’s leading experts on medical research, Dr. John Ioannidis, has been saying this for several years. In an article entitled “Lies, Damn Lies, and Medical Science” 2, he says that 90% of medical research is tainted if not outright bogus, due to influence from the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Ioannidis is Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine in California 3.

He is one of the most-cited scientists across the scientific literature, especially in the fields of clinical medicine and social sciences, according to Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2015.

Further comment in the industry

Dr. Marcia Angell, a former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Medical Journal — considered another one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world — has stated, “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. 4

“I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

Corruption: medical studies and unfavourable results

Another voice is that of Harvey Marcovitch, who has studied and written about the corruption of medical tests and publication in medical journals.

He writes: “Studies showing positive outcomes for a drug or device under consideration are more likely to be published than ‘negative’ studies.

“Editors are partly to blame for this but so are commercial sponsors, whose methodologically well-conducted studies with unfavorable results tended not to see the light of day . . .” 4

“The good news is that science is beginning to take some of its worst failings very seriously.

“The bad news is that nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system.”

1 http://nsnbc.me/2015/06/19/shocking-report-from-medical-insiders/

2 http://www.drugawareness.org/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/

3 Wikipedia, “John Ioannidis”

4 http://nsnbc.me/2015/06/19/shocking-report-from-medical-insiders/

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