Category Archives: Clinical Trial

And the Bio-Oscar Goes to . . .

I have a fondness for the movies and I perform a function in the biotechnology market, so it’s a bonus when I can combine the two. I’ve written about the correlation between the movie and drug businesses before, so indulge…

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What Would Albus Do? And What Should We?

There’s a story, sometimes used to illustrate the difference between counseling and research psychology, about a man who pulls out one, then a second, then a third drowning person out of a river. When he sees a fourth, he starts…

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The FDA: Stuck in 1984

While 2012 has dawned everywhere else in the world, it’s still 1984 at the FDA. With its Bad Ad program, whistle-blower suits and spotters of conference crimespeak serving as its globalwise eyes and ears, the agency has adopted Big Brother…

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He Said What?!?! Best Biotech Quotes of 2011

As BioWorld Insight readers know, our “Word on the Street” column provides a sample of the most entertaining and thought-provoking quotes our staff stumbles upon each week. Some are gathered during interviews, some gleaned from analyst reports, and some overheard…

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The Good, the Bad and . . . the Huh? A 2011 Biotech Recap

The past year brought the biotech sector a mixed bag of news. Some of it was positive – for instance, the FDA picked up its drug approval pace in 2011 and, in some cases, even surprised the most hardened biotech…

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Burzynski Institute: Patient Exploitation in the Name of Research

A cursory glance at the website of the Burzynski Research Institute Inc. turns up nothing unusual. The website showcases smiling patients and its shiny, mirror-windowed building. There’s a contact number for patients to call and a prominent “Donate” button, implying…

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Medical Progress Is Real

SAN FRANCISCO ‑ I’m enough of a geek that I actually enjoy the details, devil and all, and so I love covering scientific conferences. At the same time, they can be daunting. So much scientific progress is incremental. A case…

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World’s Oldest Clinical Trial . . . and Health Economics Not Far Behind

How old is our clinical trial system? The first randomized clinical trial was conducted in 1946. British epidemiologist Sir Austin Bradford Hill used randomization to test a pertussis vaccine and a tuberculosis treatment. But according to an article in the…

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In the Eye of the Beholder

Placebos clearly have an effect on patient’s subjective feelings of illness. Many a rueful drug developer, especially of antidepressants, can attest to that. But whether they have a physical effect has not been studied. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical…

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Race To Nowhere

Racial profiling – long in the realm of bad law enforcement – was criticized as bad medicine, too, in a recent paper by scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The reason? As the authors put it, “cosmopolitan cities…

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