The Cochrane Tapes reveal one of the worst show trials ever conducted in academia

Researcher and journalist Maryanne Demasi published today an account of the Cochrane show trial against Peter Gøtzsche (me) and of subsequent events. I have uploaded the Cochrane Tapes, with an introduction and explanations. The show trial was intended to be kept secret, but the tapes from the Governing Board meeting were leaked. They show that…

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Disclosing disclosures would be a disclosure too far

Journalist Jeanne Lenzer asked if panellists in the American Heart Association have any financial conflicts. “Oh, no, no, no. When we put people on a panel, we insist on financial disclosure.” “Fine, would you send me those disclosures?” “We don’t disclose disclosures.” Imagine if “me too” worked that way. Oh yes, all the bastards have…

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Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory?

A complex debate, with no simple answers. Read Maryanne Demasi’s article and see how the universally accepted ethical principle of voluntary informed consent is being violated all over the world.

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World record in number of P-values in a randomised clinical trial?

In a double-blind trial from Japan in 158 patients with rheumatoid arthritis comparing two nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), tolfenamic acid and indomethacin, 857 significance tests were reported.1 There were analyses of baseline data, multiple benefits and harms outcomes, subgroup analyses based on patient characteristics, control visits, etc. World record in number of P-values

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs do not have anti-inflammatory effects

These drugs are analgesics, but doctors falsely believe that they also have an anti-inflammatory effect. They very often use them in combination with paracetamol because of this belief, even when randomised trials have failed to find an additional effect of the combination compared to using paracetamol alone. I have explained in two of my books…

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Drug ads make doctors dumber and patients poorer

In our one-year study we found that advertised drugs were 6 times more expensive than comparators but not better. Our study may have been the reason why the Journal of the Danish Medical Association decided to no longer publish drug ads. Other journals should follow suit.

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How we got access to clinical study reports in 2011 despite EMA’s steadfast refusal

On 1 February 2011, we got access to the clinical study reports and their corresponding protocols of placebo controlled trials of two slimming pills, rimonabant and orlistat, submitted by the manufacturers to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for obtaining marketing approval in the European Union. We applied for access in June 2007, but EMA did…

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Made in China: the coronavirus that killed millions of people

It is highly likely that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic, escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology because of sloppy safety procedures. It is also likely that the virus was fabricated on purpose to make it dangerous to humans as part of the so-called gain-of-function research at the institute. Read more

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Cochrane: a sinking supertanker? Funding of UK Cochrane groups in jeopardy

I describe what is likely the beginning to the end for Cochrane. According to its major funder, the writing has been on the wall for 8 years, which is exactly the period when Cochrane’s new CEO, journalist Mark Wilson, ruled the organisation and destroyed it. He suddenly left his job, in the middle of a…

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