Drug safety?

In Patient Safety on December 24, 2010 at 8:18 am

A thought provoking power point from Vera Sharav who is the founder of the Alliance for Human Research Protection. This brings up the fundamental question in today’s society: in terms of safety, who or what do we believe?
Is there such a thing as an unbiased person or agency?
Given human factors issues of bias, is research really unbiased? How do we know experts are really experts? How do we know safety practices are really supported and followed in hospitals, airlines, oil drilling and other high risk industries? Have regulatory inspections shown to truly increase safety or do they encourage organizations to hide their dirty laundry?
How can we use the concept of transparency to improve the accuracy of the data that is presented in site visits, publications and quality metric reporting?

Scientific fraud article from the same group

10 Million patients later:The case of Darvocet. How long was this drug on the market before being seriously reviewed 😦

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