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Senators pressure federal regulators to create mandatory database of drug trials

Monday, July 12, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: clinical trials, drug company profits, pharmaceutical industry

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Drug companies are strongly resisting the idea that they should be required to publish the results of their drug trials on a publicly accessible database. Why? Because then they wouldn't be able to suppress the enormous number of studies that show their drugs don't work -- or that show them causing dangerous side effects like suicide (a common side effect of antidepressant drugs).

See, the way the pharmaceutical industry gets approvals today is by engaging in a rather shady shell game where multiple clinical trials are run, but only the trials showing positive results are published or forwarded to the FDA. The rest are simply buried. Even the FDA, you see, doesn't have access to the unfavorable trials. And just to make sure the trials turn out as favorable as, drug companies make sure that the people who run clinical trials won't find future work if they don't deliver results that support the financial interests of the manufacturer.

Undeniably, it's all a scam. And extremely dangerous drugs with little or no scientific merit whatsoever are regularly approved by the FDA, prescribed by doctors, and taken by tens of millions of patients who are often injured -- or even killed -- by these toxic chemicals. That's where the true clinical trial begins -- the public trial, where tens of millions of Americans play the role of guinea pigs, and sometimes tens of thousands are killed or injured before dangerous drugs are pulled from the market.

To counter all this, some Senators (Democratic, of course, since Republicans tend to have close ties to drug companies) are suggesting that the results of all drug trials be posted to a government-run publicly-searchable online database so that researchers, doctors and even ordinary consumers can check the study results of drug trials. The drug companies, of course, are going to strongly resist this. The last thing they want is an open book policy on their clinical trials, because if you bother to take a close look at the statistics behind these studies, you'll find that prescription drugs are, in fact, causing far more harm than good. Publishing the facts about prescription drugs in an online database could be just the trigger that puts an end to the era of "drugs as medicine," an outmoded, short-lived phase of medical history that saw unprecedented fraud, abuses and exploitation of public health for nothing more than corporate profit.

That's why I'm strongly in favor of this public database. It's time for pharmaceutical companies to stop committing fraud with their studies. It's time to stop hiding the unfavorable studies while publishing the favorable ones in prestigious medical journals. It's time for us, as a society, to stop dosing our children with drugs that cause them to become violent and commit suicide. It's time for us to wake up and realize that 100,000 deaths each year from prescription drugs is unacceptable. And it's time to put an end to Big Medicine's exploitation of the public for their own greed and power.

A global, public database of all drug trials would be one step towards that goal.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

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