Adverse drug events are now the fourth leading cause of death in hospitals.
It’s a reasonable bet they are an even greater cause of death in non-hospital settings where there is no one to monitor things going wrong and no one to intervene to save a life. In mental health, for instance, drug-induced problems are the leading cause of death — and these deaths happen in community rather than hospital settings.
There is also another drug crisis — we are failing to discover new drugs. [Read more...]
Editorial Note: This post by Johanna Ryan looks at an element of the defense offered by Neal Ryan and others, namely that by the standards of the time the authors of 329 weren’t doing much wrong. Getting Real about Clinical Research The controversy over “Study 329” on the effects of Paxil in teen depression has […]
A few weeks ago I was asked to review Good Pharma by Don Light and Antonio Maturo. The published review appears in TES – here. It makes a great foil to the DATA WARs post earlier this week. The problem was deciding if the title for this post should read Minions no Longer or Underlings […]
Sensing the end of the Roman Republic and unhappy at the approach of Empire, Cassius approached Brutus to save the Republic. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The Republic was a Democracy, with a Government answerable to its Electors. Caesar’s conquests meant that the Roman […]
What Happened to those Suicidal in Study 329? In May 2014, the RIAT team asked GSK what the children who became suicidal in the course of Study 329 have since been told. (Marty Keller’s “take” on this is at the bottom). The consent form says that anyone entering the study would be treated just the […]
The Letter below from Marty Keller and colleagues was sent to many media outlets, to retraction watch, and to professional organizations on Wednesday. Paul Basken from the Chronicle for Higher Education asked me for a response which I sent about an hour after receiving the letter. This response is from me rather than the 329 […]