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5/27/06

Drug Compnies Pay For Study Results

There are so many studies, polls, surveys, etc. that come out every week. They tell us this percentage of this or this percentage of that is how poeple think. Drug studies are supposed to tell us what is safe and what isn't, yada yada yada. However, did you ever stop to think where the money comes from for all of those studies?

If you were to track down the source of the money for each of those polls, surveys or studies, you would see the results are very often in favor of whoever funded the study. If the republican party funds a study, you can bet the results are going to favor republicans. The same goes if democrats fund a study, survey, or poll.

A recent study done here at Things That Just Piss Me Off proves that 75% of Americans make up 3/4 of the population here in the US.


Those who are getting the money to perform the study know they may not be funded again if the study does not come out in favor of the people who paid for the study. So even if the funder of a study does not outright tell the people doing the study to manipulate the results in their favor, those doing the study will do it anyway to ensure their future income from the same source.

Drug Companies Fund Drug Studies

Drug companies fund a growing number of the studies in leading psychiatric journals, and drugs fare much better in these company-funded studies than in trials done independently or by competitors, researchers reported.

According to a report in USA Today about 57 percent of published studies were paid for by drug companies in 2002, compared with 25 percent in 1992, says psychiatrist Igor Galynker of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Drugs


There were favorable outcomes for a medication in about:

Eight out of 10 studies paid for by the company that makes the drug.
Five out of 10 studies done with no industry support.
Three out of 10 studies done by competitors of the firm making the drug.
The findings don't prove the companies are knowingly biasing studies, says co-author Robert Kelly Jr., also with Beth Israel. The report didn't look at the evidence for bias in design of the studies.
Now you can say that is all just a coincidence if you want to. Go back and sit on the couch with your remote. This doesn't affect you. For those whose brain has not yet been melted, this should show you to never take any study, survey, or poll seriously without first tracking down who paid for it.

That is not always easy either. All these big companies have to do is set up and fund a foundation somewhere, then let that foundation fund the study. Then it all seems to be on the up and up. For me, all the studies, surveys, and polls I see are not to be trusted. Researching is a business like anything else. If they do not produce a product their customers like they will lose business. It's that simple.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

I applaud your blog,i took zyprexa which was ineffective for my condition and gave me diabetes.

{Only 9 percent of adult Americans think the pharmaceutical industry can be trusted right around the same rating as big tobacco}

I have a victims support page against Eli Lilly for it's defective Zyprexa product causing my diabetes.--Daniel Haszard www.zyprexa-victims.com

12:50 PM  
Blogger kidsearch said...

Everyone who reads this should also read Daniel's story http://www.zyprexa-victims.com/

1:01 PM  

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