Leading Journals Agree That Big Pharma Manipulates Medical Research
Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Corruption in the medical industry can no longer be ignored. There’s no doubt that much of what is told to the masses, including medical schools and physicians, is simply untrue. Even Dr. Richard Horton, editor of the world’s most respected medical journal, The Lancet, agrees:
“Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”
Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal which is also one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, shares a similar opinion:
“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.”
These declarations are simply a testimonial that that commercial sponsors of scientific studies for drugs or devices under consideration are more likely to bury methodologically well-conducted studies with unfavorable results, and push for the publication of studies showing positive outcomes, regardless of alarmingly bad research, poor methodology or bad scientific practices.
In a recent statement published in The Lancet, Dr. Horton, bluntly states that they falsities and manipulated research results are starting to plaque the industry of biomedicine.
“The apparent endemicity of bad research behaviour is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. Or they retrofit hypotheses to f t their data. Journal editors deserve their fair share of criticism too. We aid and abet the worst behaviours. Our acquiescence to the impact factor fuels an unhealthy competition to win a place in a select few journals. Our love of “significance” pollutes the literature with many a statistical fairy-tale. We reject important confirmations. Journals are not the only miscreants. Universities are in a perpetual struggle for money and talent, endpoints that foster reductive metrics, such as high-impact publication. … individual scientists, including their most senior leaders, do little to alter a research culture that occasionally veers close to misconduct.”
The public is starting to approach the medical industry with skepticism, no longer putting blind faith in doctors, medical journals, or advertisements paid for by pharmaceutical corporations. Although there is no plan or leadership to “clean up the system,” as the Lancet’s Dr. Horton states, the merit of our medical industry is now under question by some of the industry’s most respected personalities. Many of them are speaking out. Right now, all we have to do is listen.
“…vaccine manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and health authorities have known about multiple dangers associated with vaccines but chose to withhold them from the public. This is scientific fraud, and their complicity suggests that this practice continues to this day.” ~ Dr Lucija Tomljenovic, University of British Columbia’s Neural Dynamics Research Group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences