Medicine is plagued by untrustworthy clinical trials. How many studies are faked or flawed?


The Living Force
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An article about frauds in clinical trials.
Investigations suggest that, in some fields, at least one-quarter of clinical trials might be problematic or even entirely made up, warn some researchers. They urge stronger scrutiny.

Some research journal editors (eg Richard Horten, Marcia Angell) suspect that one half of all published studies or more are worthless, ranging from biased, to poorly designed or executed, to outright fraudulent.

Here is a quote from Marcia from her book “The Truth About The Drug Companies:

It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine."

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