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Redefining clinical trials out of existence

Icon Written by Alex on September 24, 2010 – 10:56 am

“Experts” are actually arguing that patients should have increased access to drugs not yet tested and that this should be done on compassionate grounds. This article, by the way, came out a few days before the FDA decided to restrict Avandia, a drug that HAD ALREADY BEEN APPROVED because it increased the likelihood of heart attack

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Kids and Oncology Trials

Icon Written by Alex on May 14, 2010 – 12:13 pm

Kids often don’t understand enough about clinical trials and that can impact how many kids take part in trials.

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New York Times Piece About Cancer Clinical Trial Misleading

Icon Written by Alex on February 23, 2010 – 11:55 am

The article will probably have hundreds if not thousands of cancer patients running to their computers and phones to try and get into a trial – any trial – because this article has led them to believe trials can provide a cure. Promoting that kind of false hope is not only bad journalism, it’s just plain mean to patients seeking a cure for cancer.

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New Nail in Clinical Trials Integrity Coffin

Icon Written by Alex on January 20, 2010 – 10:05 am

The Clinical Journal of Oncology says in a new study that researchers with the greatest influence over cancer clinical trials also have the closest financial ties to the pharmaceutical and other industries that benefit from positive clinical trials’ results. This is a disturbing and alarming finding but, unfortunately, not surprising,

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Fired Dr. Stratton Blows Whistle on Carle & a Common Practice

Icon Written by Alex on October 23, 2009 – 2:51 pm

…On pages 49-51 of Chasing Medical Miracles I wrote, “Therapeutic misconception is also a significant issue and is thoroughly built in to how trials function today.” Things don’t get much clearer than that. I only hope that now, with this story about Dr. Stratton in the New York Times today, pehaps people with the power to change this deplorable practice in research will start to listen and change things…



Turning down trials, cool apps, and swine flu

Icon Written by Alex on August 7, 2009 – 8:24 am

Some really fascinating stories get us going into the weekend. Interesting and heartfelt responses to NYT article about cancer trials and why people don’t volunteer for trials… although I’m not convinced of their necessity at all, very cool story about iphone and Windows apps for clinical trials … and an update on efforts in the U.S. and abroad about progress on trials for a swine flu vaccine…

Why Patients Turn Down Clinical Trials – New York Times – I read with interest your article about the chilling effect that low recruitment for clinical trials has had on the search for meaningful treatments.

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New York Times & Parade Champion Clinical Trials

Icon Written by Alex on August 3, 2009 – 8:03 am

The New York Times has a story about cancer trials that subtly urges patients to enroll as subjects. There is also a sidebar about how to make the decision to enroll. Al in all, a pro-trials approach, which is becoming all too common in most media coverage of trials at the same time that corporate interests assert themselves … Also, a story from a recent Parade magazine urging people to, you guessed, it, enroll in trials. This one is done is such a strenuously blatantly fashion that the subhead is: “Sometimes it take an experiment to make you well.”

Forty Years’ War Lack of Study Participants Said to Hobble Fight … New York Times – Of course, there have been highly successful clinical trials…

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Swine flu vaccine, cancer & “rigged” trials – July 15, 2009

Icon Written by Alex on July 15, 2009 – 8:34 am

A vaccine for swine flu is nearing clinical trials testing while at the same time the U.S. is pumping another $1 billion into the vaccine to get it to trials, perhaps this month… A Denver television news station (of all places) has a very interesting story on a report released from watchdog organization Public Citizen saying that a large number of clinical trials results are not accurate because money plays to big an influence in trials… An examination of cancer trials reveals that race plays a part in the rates among African Americans in some significant cancers… all in all, interesting reading for a beautiful Wednesday…

Labs say swine flu vaccine is close to clinical trials – guardian.co.uk – UK – Some are in the experimental stages, while others are approaching the need for clinical trials. However they are “by no means” ready yet, according to the …

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Responses to NYT Cancer Research/Money Article

Icon Written by Alex on June 30, 2009 – 9:28 am

The letters regarding Gina Kolata’s article in the New York Times Sunday about how grant funding directs a lot of cancer research and engenders an atmosphere of playing it safe in clinical trials are fascinating.

Almost everyone who wrote and is in the “cancer research” field appears to agree with the findings in the article. It begs the question of course: Why are these same people not working to change the atmosphere?…



Cancer research driven by grant system and safe thinking – June 29, 2009

Icon Written by Alex on June 29, 2009 – 10:32 am

An excellent article in the New York Times by the always astute and well-informed medical and health writer Gina Kolata sheds light on how cancer research is driven by a grant system that rewards cautious thinking more than promoting bold ideas of how to cure and treat cancer. The article is a nice look at a portion of the “medical industrial complex” that appears to be a self-sustaining enterprise and an embedded part of how health care and research are conducted in the United States.

In a related story …

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