Can You Trust Drug and Device Studies?
Written by Faith Anderson on January 31, 2013
Industry-Sponsored Studies Have More Favorable Results
Researchers involved in the study conducted a comprehensive review of nearly 50 medical studies and found that sponsored clinical studies are biased in favor of the sponsor’s products. The research analyzed in the study was performed between 1948 and 2010, and involved medications and medical devices used to treat conditions including heart disease and psychiatric illnesses. According to the report, studies sponsored by drug firms and medical device makers had an overall 24% higher rate of more favorable conclusions and efficacy results, compared to non-industry sponsored studies. Study co-authors Joel Lexchin, MD, professor of health policy at New York University, and Lisa Bero, PhD, professor of clinical pharmacy and health policy at UCSF, found that the studies recorded greater benefits from the medical device or drug with fewer adverse side effects. What’s more, these reports were more likely to be inconsistent with the conclusions found within the research papers themselves.
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“This is really important because it means that people must take sponsorship into account when evaluating whether they should believe the results of a study. This is still rarely done,” said Bero. “A fundamental question now is that when a systematic review is entirely based on industry-sponsored studies and finds a favorable result for the sponsor’s product, can we really trust it?” This important question is posed at the perfect time, when pharmaceutical drug and medical device injuries are increasingly being viewed as a serious public health problem. If you have suffered a major side effect that you believe to be related to a medication or medical device, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you contact a reliable attorney in your area with experience handling product liability cases. With a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturing company, and pursue compensation for your injuries and medical expenses.