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Scientist: Pharma ties may bias research

February 24, 2009 by  

Scientist analyzes the impact of pharma ties on the intellectual freedom of research centersPharmaceutical companies sponsor an increasing number of research studies, and one scientist has set out to analyze the impact of this trend on the intellectual freedom of research centers.

Writing in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Dr. Giovanni A. Fava claims that this freedom may be seriously jeopardized by the fact that the drug industry controls many scientific societies, journals and clinical practice guidelines.

Editors, reviewers and consultants to medical journals, scientific conferences and research organizations frequently have ties to special interest groups. As a result, Fava draws attention to problems such as internal censorship, biased interpretation of clinical trials or information selection.

"Members of special interest groups … move from one meeting to another to illustrate the wonderful properties of the drugs to be launched … have their slides prepared and checked by the companies… sign ghostwritten papers and are promptly substituted if they do not have impact on prescriptions, " writes Fava.

He adds that they are also frequently "gatekeepers of corporate interest in scientific information" by serving as journal editors or reviewers with the task of preventing the dissemination of data that may be in conflict with the interests of the group they represent.

In conclusion, Fava stresses the value of independent investigators without ties to the industry.

Fava works for the department of psychology at the University of Bologna, Italy, and the department of psychiatry, State University of New York at Buffalo.

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  • s c

    One reason Big Pharma controls medical information is because they have Congress in its back pocket. By controlling and manipulating this “scientific” information, Big Pharma does not hesitate to put America at risk. American doctors rely on info from drug firms to “advise” patients [crap that we're supposed to think of as 'science'].
    The net effect is to deny Americans the quality care we should get. Is it not more than curious that people from the AMA, FDA and other ‘concerned groups’ have learned that when they are faced with certain catastrophic diseases, they go to Europe – to get the treatment that Americans are denied.
    Big Pharma can say what they want. Truth will triumph. It is only a matter of time until they will be put in their place, and relegated to history. Sobeit.

  • Nancy Kosling

    Feb.24, 2009 Personal Liberty News Desk article “Scientist: Pharma ties may bias research”

    Everything Dr. Giovanni A. Fava writes in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics is correct. Follow the money in what gets presented to the American public.

    I found this out (follow the money)while doing research on the Flouride-Aluminum ostiporisus and dementia connections. Bauxite ore is processed separating aluminum from flouride in aluminum manufacture. Many food products have sodium aluminum in them to keep the food from clumping. Our toothpaste and public drinking water has the flouride and they re-combine in our bodies.

    In 1930 Congress passed a law mandating flouride in drinking water. No one in Congress was a scientist. The Congressman that pushed this new law had a brother-in-law in the aluminum business who was having to pay a good price to get rid of the flouride by-product. Problem solved, dump it into the water. The brother-in-law was not a scientist. The new ADA was a dentist TRADE organization who wanted a little more RESPECT. None of them were scientists either, just dentists out of dental school. They did not do any long tern studies to see that daily intake of flouride is an acculated poison. We have a long way to go to get rid of Snake-Oil salesmen. Thank you Dr. Fava. Need any help? 11/11/2010

  • JD Smith

    Nancy you are right on the mark. Research insiders have made it candidly clear. before the research industry begins a project for Big Pharma they send a team in to meet with the research people. They first of all brag about all the funding they provide. Then they make clear that the word “cure” comes out of their vocabulary immediatly. They require them to focus on maintenance type drugs. They also fund medical schools in order to steer the training to push drugs not cures. Think about it, if big pharma, would discover cures for these diseases they would have to close their doors. They are also very good at surpressing information on alternative health treatments. I have been researching these issues for 10 years. It is awesome at what I discovered.


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