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Posts tagged with "The Dark Side"

  • Business and Markets

    Lilly Pays the Price

    Eli Lilly has been in trouble for some time now regarding off-label promotion of their antipsychotic Zyprexa – specifically, their sales reps seem to have gone around saying that it was useful in treating the dementia of Alzheimer’s patients, although there was no FDA approval for that indication. (Whether it actually is any good for… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Insider Trading in Drug Stocks? Not Unknown. . .

    With all the financial scandals going on these days (really, a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme run by the former head of NASDAQ?), it’s worth asking how often such shady dealing goes on with the stocks of drug companies. From what I can see, it does happen, but it’s certainly not endemic. The first thing that comes… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Cut It Out. Cut It Out Now.

    File this under “does no one any good”. As many of you will have seen, JAMA just published a report on various studies that Merck has conducted and published over the years on Vioxx. The conclusion was that the company basically wrote the papers, and then went shopping for well-known academic names as authors. No… Read More
  • Cardiovascular Disease

    Vytorin: It’s A Pity

    Ezetimibe, known as Zetia and as the key component of Vytorin, was invented by friends and colleagues of mine. It was the first drug I ever saw discovered after I joined the drug industry. The initial discovery of the whole compound class happened around the corner from my lab, and the compound that became ezetimibe… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Fakery And Its Ends

    Thinking about that plagiarizing Indian professor brings up the same thought I always have in these situations: what on Earth is going through the heads of these people? I can tell you, honestly, that I have never faked any data. (That phrase makes me remember, though, that one of the most crazed fabulists I’ve ever… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Big Steaming Heaps of Fraud

    Since I had a blog entry here recently talking about plagiarism, I thought I should point out a whopping case of it that’s come to light. One Pattium Chiranjeevi, a professor of chemistry at Sri Venkateswara University in Triupati, India, has been accused of cranking out dozens of forged publications over the last few years. Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    More On Merck and Taranabant

    My piece on Merck last week seems to have touched a few nerves, if some of the comments and e-mails I’ve received are any sign. To clarify things: I agree that Merck is still doing some excellent science, as they always have. And they still have a lot of good people there, as they always… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    What You Become Known For

    A recent item from InVivoBlog about Merck which brought up some interesting points. They aren’t cheerful ones. The article is largely about Merck’s reputation, which has taken some dents in recent years, to put it lightly. The Vioxx debacle is the main reason for this, but the hits have kept on coming, such as the… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Recycle, Reuse, Republish

    There’s an analysis in the latest Nature that puts some numbers on a problem that scientists the world over have suspected for some time: the number of duplicate papers that show up in the literature. The authors used this online text-similarity tool to go through papers in Pubmed, and found a small (but not as… Read More
  • Biological News

    Visfatin: Real Or Not?

    A commentor to my Proteomics 101 post the other day brought up an important point: that before you can have a chance to figure out what a protein is doing, you have to know that it exists. Finding the darn things is no small job, since you’re digging through piles of chemically similar stuff to… Read More