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Doctors Don’t Trust Big Pharma Research; Weird Science’s Big Night – Technology – The Atlantic Wire

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Doctors distrust big pharma-backed research. Pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and GlaxoKlineSmith might be responsible for some of the largest breakthroughs in prescription drugs, but doctors aren’t buying much of the research they fund. Researchs from Harvard Medical school asked physicians to rate the credibility of research abstracts, which varied only in who they were attributed to. Some were described as National Institutes of Health findings, others were listed as drug company experiments. They found that doctors were perceptive about the rigorousness of the abstracts, but were more likely to distrust reports from drug companies. The doctors said they were only half as willing to prescribe drugs promoted in big pharma studies as those mentioned in NIH reports. “Despite the occasional scientific and ethical lapses in trials funded by pharmaceutical companies, it is also true that the pharmaceutical industry has supported many major drug trials that have been of particular clinical importance,” write the researchers in their paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Excessive skepticism concerning trials supported by industry could hinder the appropriate translation of the results into practice.” [Los Angeles Times]

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