I thought that modern medicine was supposed to be based on science not superstition. Sometimes I doubt that, when nurses observe a symptom and jump to a diagnosis without checking the facts.
Pharmaceutical companies fund a lot of research on drugs, either directly or indirectly. I've written before about their wish to conceal results, use Orwellian methods to cosmetically enhance descriptions thereby minimising the readers' awareness of side effects.
Now 2 American drug companies (AbbVie and InterMune) are trying to ban disclosure of any of their research findings for some widely used drugs, for 'commercial reasons.' Professor Healy has tackled their non scientific approach to side effects before in this AbbVie post.
We know that serious adverse events are often concealed or withheld from public view, for example in the case of statins, which do not, as widely proclaimed, prevent serious adverse events or heart attacks. I am grateful to Dr Malcolm Kendrick for the latest on this topic.
Here is a letter from David Healy, Professor of Psychiatry in Bangor, Wales presenting a petition to prevent this action. If you want medicines that are safe, then please sign the petition: