Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Crowdsourcing hidden research data

The BMJ is fighting back against pharmaceutical industry wrongdoing.  In the UK, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is holding a new hearing into the implications of missing clinical data on patient safety. It is looking for evidence. To that end, the BMJ is asking for reports of the pharmaceutical industry hiding or suppressing data.  It says, "We would like to see any report of any obstruction, from any researchers or companies, which you are aware of. This can be from your own work, the academic work of others that you have read, or media reports. Our remit is broad."

This is an issue familiar to anyone who has followed the Seroquel (quetiapine) controversy in the Department of Psychiatry here at the University of Minnesota, of course, where the harm to patients is especially vivid. (It does not get much more vivid than suicide.) Seroquel is mentioned on the list of examples the BMJ has collected.  But there may be other examples. I would encourage you to submit them using this form..

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