Drug companies conducting their own clinical trials leads to Conflict of Interest a Debate

Ben Goldacre @bengoldacre argues that the financial interests of drug companies lead to distorted evidence, but Vincent Lawton believes that adequate safeguards exist to keep bias in check. Full text of the article is published on BMJ

Dr Goldacre and Prof Lawton faced each other on the same issue recently as opposing speakers at PharmaTimes’s Great Oxford Debate in September, when Dr Goldacre told drugmakers that, by withholding or distorting data, “you shoot yourself in the foot, you undermine your own credibility and mine as a doctor.”

The Pharmatimes review is available at their website http://www.pharmatimes.com/clinicalnews/article.aspx?id=16978&src=EWorldNews

This is interesting , I had written about an actual initiative taken by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology  and 12 Major drug makers to share clinical trial data called NEW Drug Development ParadIGmS or NEWD. details on my earliar post – collaborative clinical trials

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