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23rd march 2010, Tuesday
Do financial interests result in positive results in scientific research?
I recently came across an interesting peace of information in Science Daily as to how researches are done in the United States. I thought of sharing the same with you all.
Over 94% of the researchers who provided positive results for the anti–diabetic drug rosiglitazone had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies, as per a research published online in the British Medical Journal. However, the article acknowledges that financial relationships may not necessarily be the reason for positive research results.
In 2007, a large scale review of rosiglitazone showed that use of the drug led to a significant increased risk of heart attacks. This led to further studies and policies were also developed to encourage disclosure of such financial conflicts of interest.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic assessed over 200 articles on rosiglitazone to explore a possible link between authors’ financial conflicts of interest and their views on the safety of the drug. They found that 45% of the study authors had financial conflicts of interest and 23% of these did not disclose this information.
Almost all (94%) authors who had favourable views on the safety of rosiglitazone were more likely to have a financial conflict of interest with a pharmaceutical company than were authors who had unfavourable views.
The study concluded that disclosure rates for financial conflicts of interest were unexpectedly low, and there was a clear and strong link between the orientation of authors’ expressed views on the rosiglitazone controversy and their financial conflicts of interest with pharmaceutical companies. The researchers further stated that these findings, while not necessarily causal, underscore the need for further progress in reporting in order for the scientific record to be trusted.
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