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:AstraZeneca 'suppressed' drug test data
Seroquel brings in almost 10% of AstraZeneca's revenues
'The marketing team sued over a drug's alleged side effects tried to suppress key data, an ex-employee has claimed.
Seroquel's former UK medical adviser told the BBC he was pressured to approve promotional material which said weight gain was not an issue.
Maker AstraZeneca, which faces fresh legal action next month, said it took concerns about its conduct seriously.
In the same programme, the British Medical Journal editor urged that the medicine licensing system be reviewed.'
:People Die 7 Years Earlier In England's Poorest Neighbourhoods
'According to a new government-commissioned report, people living in England's poorest neighbourhoods die on average seven years earlier than those living in the richest neighbourhoods and they also spend more of their shorter lives with disability leaving the better off with a total of 17 more years of disability-free life.'
:Big Pharma researcher admits to faking dozens of research studies for Pfizer, Merck (opinion)
'It's being called the largest research fraud in medical history. Dr. Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer's speakers' bureau, has agreed to plead guilty to faking dozens of research studies that were published in medical journals.
Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as "proof" that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!
Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.
It wasn't the first study faked by Dr. Reuben: He also faked study data on Bextra and Vioxx drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal.
As a result of Dr. Reuben's faked studies, the peer-reviewed medical journal Anesthesia & Analgesia
was forced to retract 10 "scientific" papers authored by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21 articles written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted.
After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. Reuben has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will require him to return $420,000 that he received from drug companies. He also faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
He was also fired from his job at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. after an internal audit there found that Dr. Reuben had been faking research data for 13 years'