Monday, June 02, 2003

New Scientist reports that 'Research funded by drug companies is 'biased' ' (May 30, 2003). The article reports on research published in a special issue of the British Journal of Medicine ('Pharmaceutical industry sponsorship and research outcome and quality: systematic review', Lexchin, J. et al) that found research funded by the pharmaceutical industry was four times more likely to have favourable results than research backed by other sponsors. Reasons given for the difference in likely outcomes were that negative results were less likely to be published and that the drugs used to compare the effects of the drug under investigation were not the most appropriate.
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