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Unethical drug trials exposed in South Africa and other developing countries

An important new report from the Amsterdam-based NGO Wemos describes how major multinational drug companies are continuing conduct unethical experiments on vulnerable populations including children and the mentally ill in South Africa and other developing countries, putting both their health and their human rights at risk.
I reported on unethical trials like these in South Africa [...]

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The Guardian’s take on our panel at the World Conference of Science Journalists

In the end, I had to Skype in to this year’s World Conference of Science Journalists conference in Doha, Qatar, and deliver my presentation on the issue of drug trials in developing countries via YouTube video. (You can check it out here.) Here’s what the Guardian newspaper had to say about it. “Ethics left behind [...]

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My review of “Shutter Island” from The Lancet

Check out my new review of Scorcese’s horror flick about a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, “Shutter Island,” just out in The Lancet.

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The Body Hunters, in Spain

Just did several interviews for the Spanish press, and received positive reviews on the Spanish edition of The Body Hunters from El Pais, Cambio 16, and Marie Claire magazine. Nice!

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Cazadores de Cuerpos

The Spanish edition of The Body Hunters (Cazadores de Cuerpos) recently came out and is getting some good press in Spain. To wit: a long review (and five stars!) in Publico. Check it out here.

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Body Hunters Awarded Prix Prescrire 2008

The French-language edition of my book, The Body Hunters, has been awarded the 2008 Prescrire prize for books on medicine and pharmaceuticals! Every year, the nonprofit journal Prescrire awards a handful of books among the many it reviews for the prize. My understanding is that The Body Hunters was one among five chosen from around [...]

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Glaxo trials in Argentina

ABCNews.com featured a story on a problematic Glaxo clinical trial in Argentina (and quotes me a few times,badly–the last time I do a phone interview for a print piece?!). The allegation is coercion and lack of informed consent. The piece doesn’tpoint out one of the major factors of the story, which is that thevaccine GSK [...]

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Is there a “right” to participate in experimentation?

Some like to say that people have “right” to participate in clinical trials. People have a right to proven care, not to experiments. Trials are risky for subjects, which is often the whole point of doing the trial. A new review shows the extent.
In a survey of 739 international drug trials published between 1996 and [...]

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TIME magazine on clinical trials boom in India

Today’s TIME magazine ran a feature on the clinical trials boom in India. It’s a good one, and not only because it quotes me at both the top and bottom of the piece! Check it out here.

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Disease journalism

My critical review of Lara Santoro’s book on international health journalism appears in The Lancet sometime this month. Link will be forthcoming. In other news from The Lancet, a new study found that 6 weeks of daily nevirapine given to the breast-fed babies of HIV-positive mothers reduced the babies’ risk of getting the virus from [...]

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