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March 2, 2005

Consumers' Union's awesome advocacy animation

Cory Doctorow: Consumers Union -- the advocacy group that publishes the excellent Consumer Reports magazine -- has produced a funny, raunchy Schoolhouse Rock-style animation to call attention to the fact that current FDA rules don't require drug companies to release their clinical trial results even if they show that the pill you're about to take could really screw you up.
First we learn that Vioxx increases the risk of heart attacks. Now, we learn that Merck may have had research, as early as 2000, that uncovered these problems, but didn’t make it known to the public. It is time to end this secrecy. Lives depend on it.

Legislators have just introduced a bill--The Fair Access to Clinical Trials Act (FACT Act)--to require drug companies to make public all the results of their clinical trials so we’ll know about potentially harmful side effects. And Congress must create an independent office of drug safety in the Food and Drug Administration to ensure quick action is taken when safety concerns are raised.

nks, Bill!)
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This reminds me of a marketing professor I had at University. He started his career as a researcher with Johnson & Johnson. The research he was doing near the end of his career with J&J showed that a very common drug used by a majority of people every day causes permanent liver damage. When his manager checked out the finished work he was ordered not to tell anyone, and when he got to work the next day all his work had been destroyed. He quit soon after that but no longer has any proof of what he found, so he never did tell me which drug it was. He is afraid that J&J would sue him for slander if he told anyone about it. After that he changed his career to marketing.

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I forgot to mention in my first message that I suspect the drug is Tylonol. The reason being that my doctor was involved in a study of Tylonol and it showed that Tylonol causes permanent liver damage.

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