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The Markingson Files: Heads start to roll as clinical trial suicide revelations mount

The University of Minnesota is replacing the chairman of its psychiatry department following two scathing reviews of its safety protocols in research involving human subjects and its recruitment of a troubled man who later died by suicide in a schizophrenia drug trial.

Will Risperdal Settlement Change Anything?

Many say the only justice that will get Big Pharma's attention is frog marching the CEOs off to prison and/or cutting them off from their lucrative public trough of Medicare, Medicaid and military health programs.

New Uses For Bad Pills

Pharma isn't going to deliver disappointing earnings to Wall Street just because it has few new drugs coming online and has failed at its very purpose. It is recycling old for brand new uses.

Top Prescribers: How One Doctor Made Medi-Cal's Psychiatric Drug List

How does a doctor become a top prescriber of a psychiatric drug in one state’s Medicaid program? A "stunned" California psychiatrist tries to figure out why.

The Markingson Files: Court leaves key questions in clinical trial suicide unanswered

Any investigative reporter will tell you that a case dismissal does not necessarily mean a victory. Here's how that rule of thumb figures into the case of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide after participating in a clinical trial for the psychiatric drug Seroquel.

The Markingson Files: University of Minnesota dallies on clinical trial documentation

A candid email from a university publicist sheds some, but not enough, light on why the university won't provide documents from a controversial Seroquel clinical study.

The Markingson Files: Conflicts of interest in clinical trials should be transparent

It can be uncomfortable asking people about their finances. In journalism, though, there is an obligation not only to ask, but to ask for proof — especially with clinical trials.

The Markingson Files: Why health writers should track the money behind medical studies

One of the biggest oversights a health writer can make is to cover a scientific study and not talk about its funders. William Heisel examines what can happen when a study's funding is overlooked.

The Markingson Files: Can pressure to recruit patients subvert a clinical trial?

Bioethicist and writer Carl Elliott used many documents to piece together the story of how a research team desperate for patients helped create a pipeline for clinical trial participants by setting up a psychiatric ward. Here's how he did it.



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