Drug Companies Still Hide Data
Confident that you know everything you need to know about your prescription drugs? According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, drug companies still aren’t telling consumers the whole story.
The study claims that companies such as Merck & Co., Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline aren’t reporting basic information like the names of the drugs under study, the results of drug trials, and what serious or life-threatening side effects the drugs may cause.
The elevated cause of concern stems from recent high-profile safety issues with recalled drugs such as painkiller Vioxx and antidepressant Paxil, where the manufacturing companies withheld drug trial information that would have hurt sales. Pharmaceutical critics claim the policy caused increased safety and health risks to patients.
The Journal has called for an investigation into the policy and urges the public not to participate in drug trials where companies aren’t reporting all the data.
Source: “Medical Journal: Drug Studies Hide Key Data.” By Suzanne Sataline. The Wall Street Journal. December 29, 2005.