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A university went to great lengths to block the release of information about a trial gone wrong. A reporter fought them and revealed the truth.

Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by Andy, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
    Sorry, not PACE.

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  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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  3. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    But they might be worried to hear that grants had to be repaid.
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  4. rvallee

    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

  5. Melanie

    Melanie Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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  6. Sbag

    Sbag Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    There was a programme on the BBC recently about antidepressents in children and it covered one where the medication was causing more problems. After getting the clinical trial data released it was discovered that there was actually no benefit of using the medication in children and it was actually quite dangerous. researchers got hold of 77,000 pages of previously undisclosed data from the Paxil study. They reanalyzed the original trial findings and published their results in 2015. Paxil, they found, was not only ineffective in treating adolescent depression when compared to placebo—it was dangerous. The paper that was published by the drug company though they hadn't focussed on these issues!

    While just looking for info on this I found this article which lists other similar cases https://academic.oup.com/bmb/article/116/1/43/400796
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  7. Amw66

    Amw66 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Yes, i watched this.
    Two points that sunk in were

    Little research had actually been done on the effect and efficacy of these drugs in children and adolescents - the use had been largely justified based on effect in adults ( developing brains are different)
    Note that this is not uncommon generally.

    The one drug that was effective was not that that tended to be prescribed.

    Lack of info given to parents and adolescents re side effects was also highlighted- most were left to read the patient information leaflet inside the drug box....
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