Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pharmaceutical Companies Immunity

Approved Pharmaceutical Drugs Cause Death

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"The FDA's financial ties to "Big-Pharma" have caused millions of preventable deaths over the last 30 years."

Exposing Conflicts of Interest at the FDA

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The FDA reveals when financial conflicts exist, but it has kept details secret since 1992, so it is not possible to determine the amount of money or the drug company involved.

A USA TODAY analysis of financial conflicts at 159 FDA advisory committee meetings from Jan. 1, 1998, through last June 30 found:

At 92% of the meetings, at least one member had a financial conflict of interest.

At 55% of meetings, half or more of the FDA advisers had conflicts of interest.

Conflicts were most frequent at the 57 meetings when broader issues were discussed: 92% of members had conflicts.

At the 102 meetings dealing with the fate of a specific drug, 33% of the experts had a financial conflict.

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