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  • Covid-19

    Hydroxychloroquine: Enough Already?

    At this point, it’s getting hard to see how the idea of a hydroxychloroquine (or hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin) therapy for coronavirus infection can be taken seriously. I reviewed some of the recent studies here, but missed a May 11 preprint from France that had claimed benefit for the combination. No matter, though: this was just withdraw… Read More
  • Covid-19

    Taking Hydroxychloroquine (May 19 Update)

    I was not planning to revisit this topic just yet, but President Trump has forced the issue with his mention yesterday that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine. Let’s try to keep this short: does any regular reader here actually wonder what I might think about that? I know that the comments section here gets swarmed with people… Read More
  • Covid-19

    More Chinese Traditional Medicine, Unfortunately

    I mentioned the other day that what was reported as a hydroxychloroquine trial in China may well have been (or at least begun as) a trial of “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM). It doesn’t take much digging to turn up a number of registered clinical trials for coronavirus therapy via TCM, actually. Here are a few… Read More
  • Current Events

    The Politics of Hydroxychloroquine

    I had not been planning to return to the topic of hydroxychloroquine so soon, but here we are. This will not be a calm, measured blog post – fair warning. Yesterday, Dr. Rick Bright was pushed out of his post at HHS, where he was deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response and director of BARDA… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    A Research Scandal in China

    This is not going to be a reassuring story – not for the biomedical literature, and not for the Chinese scientific establishment. But the head of the official Research Integrity initiative there, Xuetao Cao, a former head of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and current president of Nankai University, is now thoroughly involved in… Read More
  • Alzheimer's Disease

    More, Unfortunately, on the Chinese Alzheimer’s Drug Approval

    I wrote yesterday about the surprise decision by the Chinese regulators to allow a new Alzheimer’s drug on the market. That drug (GV-971) was developed by Green Valley Pharmaceuticals, a company (and a drug, for that matter) that frankly I had never heard of. But other people have heard of both, and they’ve been contacting… Read More
  • Blog Housekeeping

    A Note From Salt Lake City

    Readers will no doubt recall my post last week on stem cell clinics. It seems to have achieved a wide audience – wide enough to include the legal profession, at any rate. Below are copies of a letter I have recently received, and what better place than here to address the points it raises? Since… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    The Bottom of the Stem Cell Barrel

    In case anyone was wondering, the commercial stem cell clinic business is still shady and full of hype, profiteering, and outright fraud. Overflowing with all of those, actually. And although there are people turning profits on this stuff all over the country, it may not surprise to learn that there’s an awful lot of it… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Varieties of Nonsense

    Here’s a bulletin that should surprise no one: there’s a lot of wrong information out there. And by “out there” I mean not only the scientific literature, of course, although there’s certainly plenty of that. But there’s a taxonomy of wrongness, and the biggest split comes between “honestly intended but mis… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    More Quackery

    Yep, folks, we’re doing it wrong. Making these small molecules, these biologics, all of it – we worry about pharmacokinetics and exposure, about side effects and potency and selectivity, and all the time we could be dosing folks with magic water. That’s what you’d get out of reading the literature on “release-active dr… Read More
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