Can Medical Science Be Trusted if its Authors are Ghosts?

Can Medical Science Be Trusted if its Authors are Ghosts?


Podcast (1:59:16)

Thursday March 17, 2016 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Rogers Communication Centre, Room 103
Ryerson University
80 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario

Much of the apparently scientific literature on drug safety and effectiveness is ghost-written by the pharmaceutical industry, but published under the names of eminent academic researchers. Typically the research data are unavailable to experts, regulators, the legal system or the public.

David Healy will discuss what this means for the public, for patients, for doctors and for science through the story of the famous clinical trial that claimed the anti-depressant, Paxil, was safe to use for children.

David Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University in the UK and is author of over 200 peer reviewed articles and 22 books, including The Antidepressant Era, Let Them Eat Prozac, Mania and Pharmageddon

 

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