Unethical practices - drug industry

Mark Haythorn innaphar at ix.netcom.com
Fri Aug 25 14:19:54 EST 1995

In <41is8b$83f at atlantis.utmb.edu> Sy Fisher <sfisher at utmb.edu> writes: 

>Yes, it is generally true that a drug may be 
>"voluntarily" withdrawn by the manufacturer 
>(with some notable past exceptions) on the 
>basis of data collected during PREmarketing clinical 
>trials.  Of course, this is when FDA is still closely 
>examining all the data prior to approval.  But once a 
>new drug has been marketed, pharmaceutical companies 
>clearly do not want their drugs to be carefully 
>monitored in the real world of clinical practice--in 
>particular, not by any systematic method that can 
>sensitively compare possible ADR profiles.  A drug 
>company will indeed resort to unethical behavior when
>its profits appear to be threatened, even to the extent 
>of attempting to deprive physicians and their 
>patients of important new information.  For more 
>extensive documentation of these latter assertions, 
>E-mail me for a copy of a post I distributed last month 
>on "Hanky-Panky in the Pharmaceutical Industry."

WHICH, by the way, is proudly published in the Aug 22 issue of SCRIP.

I was flipping thru the journal and found the story!  It was
interesting to see coverage in a prominent journal!  Congrats to Dr.

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