Peeling the onion from the inside out

Article (PDF Available)in Indian Journal of Medical Ethics · May 2016with 147 Reads 
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DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2016.053
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For those looking for a primer on how the Vioxx® debacle came about, Margaret T Whitstock’s new book, Reducing adverse events in older patients taking newly released drugs, is a mustread. Reading the plain-talk narrative is like peeling away an onion’s layers but from the inside out. Like a prosecuting attorney, the author meticulously presents the heap of forensic evidence showing how in the course of time the coordinated actions of industry, government, and the biomedical research community have degraded the basic rules of empirical science to produce a foreseeable and preventable tragedy.
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