Drug study data can be manipulated by pharmaceutical
companies and the FDA. But it gets worse—even if a study finds a drug isn’t
very safe or effective, it’s likely you and your doctor will never hear about
The problem—called publication bias—is widespread. About
half of all drug trials aren’t made publicly available, and positive findings
are twice as likely to be published as negative findings for the same drug. Since
doctors can access only a small portion of the full scientific picture, they
are led to believe that drugs are much safer or more effective than they
actually are. This results in a huge gap between what the FDA knows about drugs
and what prescribing doctors know.
Ask your senators and representative for new legislation to
require that all drug trials submitted to the FDA be publicly available—not
only for new drugs, but for all drugs currently on the market. There is no
reason a government agency should keep secret information that could affect the
health of its citizens.
Please Make ALL Drug Trial Info Publicly Available!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]