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Re: Bias-Financial

Posted by spike4848 on December 16, 2001, at 15:35:43

In reply to J Clin Psychiatry spike4848, posted by Elizabeth on December 16, 2001, at 11:51:58

> > The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry is also good, although somewhat bias.
>
> Biased in what sense?

Don't get me wrong, I think the Journal of C.P. has very innovative and ground breaking studies. People just have to be careful, and properly interprete what the study results mean.

I'm sure everyone notices that the studies are sponsered by the drug companies themselves or the author of the article is employed/receives grant money from a drug company. So many of the investigators have a vested interest in results of studies ... the results of the study may affect how much money goes into the college fund of their children or into house payments or simply putting food on the table.

This is why you never see an article in a journal titled, "New wonder drug X is completely ineffective for depression." The drug companies have been known to suppress research studies with negative results. And if drug X is ineffective ... that is important to know! So people with depression or whatever do not have to suffer though a 6,8 or 10 week trial of an ineffective medication.

I sure you know about the whole Synthroid/levoxyl lawsuit ..... where a drug company tried to force the researchers of a study they sponsered to supress the results. The study demonstrated their drug was inferior to a generic drug ... that is so wrong.
>
> (My SO is a research snob and thinks that the Journal of Clinical Anything is automatically crap! :-) )

>
> -elizabeth


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