Public Health

Below please find the Lab's research projects and findings on institutional corruption in the field of public health, in various media.

Blog

New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages

by Donald W. Light

Few people know that new prescription drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing serious reactions after they have been approved. That is why expert physicians recommend not taking new drugs for at least five years unless patients have first tried better-established options, and have the need to do so.... Read more about New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages

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Research Projects

Corruption and Justification in the Ghost Management of Medical Research

Professor Sergio Sismondo has been working to detail the key mechanisms by which which pharmaceutical companies establish dominance over particular areas of medical knowledge. He has been looking at, for example, the ghosting of articles for medical science journals and at drug companies' recruitment and management of physicians to serve as "key opinion leaders". In his project at the Safra Center, he is studying how people justify their work to manage medical knowledge, as well as at how physicians and researchers justify their involvement with the drug industry.... Read more about Corruption and Justification in the Ghost Management of Medical Research

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