Tuesday, March 10, 2009
BLOGSCAN - An Example of Spinning Clinical Research Results
On the Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry blog, the anonymous blogger did a great job analyzing an article supported by pharmaceutical companies, and authored by in part pharmaceutical company employees, with the assistance of a medical education and communications company (MECC). The article ignored data about outcomes which were unfavorable to the companies' product, and dubbed a drug "well tolerated" even though a number of uncomfortable symptoms occurred two to four times as often on the drug as on placebo. This is a reminder of how often these days clinical research studies are spun in favor of the vested interests of their commercial sponsors.