SCANDAL: Big Pharma shenanigans exposed!
Maybe this sounds familiar: Your doctor switches you to a brand-new drug, claiming that THIS ONE is better, safer, and more effective.
You take it and notice… well… nothing.
You might even feel WORSE!
Yes, friend. You weren’t helped. You were DUPED!
It wasn’t just you, either. New research shows how your doctor, your pharmacist, and more have all been the victims of one of the ugliest scams in modern medicine.
This analysis shows how drug studies aren’t done in a way so that more people get more information to make better decisions.
They’re done so they can HIDE the true risks, cover up ineffectiveness, and show you ONLY the rosiest possible picture of each med.
The new study looked at 113 clinical trials approved in Finland in 2007.
Don’t dismiss it because of the location. Studies done there can be used to get meds approved elsewhere, including here, and Big Pharma has its research taking place in labs all around the world.
The FDA itself even relies on the 1983 Declaration of Helsinki — as in Finland — as setting the standard for the type of foreign research it accepts when considering drugs for approval in the United States.
Yet of those 113 trials conduct in Finland, nearly half — 43 percent — were NEVER published.
That’s a big deal.
You can’t just publish a study when it shows your drug works. You also have to publish it when it shows that it DOESN’T… or when it exposes the risks.
Locking those trials away — unseen by the world — means scientists, doctors, and patients can never get a TRUE sense of a drug’s potential problems.
And that’s not the only issue this new study exposed.
A third of the trials were never formally registered, another key part of the process that ensures transparency.
In addition, one in five never specified a primary outcome.
The primary outcome is the main goal of a study. It’s important to lay it out in advance so researchers can’t play funny with the data afterward to make other claims.
The researchers behind the new study also got a peek at the unregistered trials, and they found exactly that kind of funny business : Fifty-five percent had major discrepancies such as changes to the primary outcome.
Some even set one goal, and when the drug failed to reach it, they simply lowered the bar to make it look like it “worked.”
That’s a little like changing the score of a game — long after it’s ended.
Put it all together, and you have a system where rosy results get published… bad results are tweaked to make them look better… and the worst results of all are locked away and never seen.
And that means doctors and patients alike never get the truth about these treatments.
Call it one more reason to be skeptical of new drugs, stick to tried-and-true natural therapies whenever possible, and do as much homework as you can before taking any new treatment.