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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:19 am    Post subject: NIH Mafia Reply with quote

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6707600/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6707616/

The following two links support Mr. Matsumoto's thesis that the NIH is politically motivated and far stood from an "independent" bastion of science. After reading, one can draw many paralells with the NIH and the US Military in regards to "toning down" the egregious impact of squalene-laced anthrax vaccine and African mothers receiving the drug Nevarapine.

Most notable quote from it all:
"We may not have reported exhaustively, but we reported all serious side effects,” said Professor Francis Mmiro, a lead doctor in the Uganda study. “What you may call a serious side effect in the U.S. is not a serious side effect in Kampala.”
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: The [NIH]: Public Servant or Private Marketer Reply with quote

You hit this nail on the head. Check out this recent LA Times investigative report. Another case of the fox left guardian the hen house!

The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer?

By David Willman, Times Staff Writer
For 15 million Americans, it is a daily ritual: gulping down a pill to reduce cholesterol.

They do it because their doctors tell them to. Their doctors, in turn, rely on recommendations from the National Institutes of Health and its scientists, such as Dr. H. Bryan Brewer Jr.

Brewer, as a leader at the NIH, was part of a team that gave the nation new cholesterol guidelines that were expected to prompt millions more people to take the daily pill. He also has written favorably of a specific brand of cholesterol medication, Crestor, which recently proved controversial.

What doctors were not told for years is this: While making recommendations in the name of the NIH, Brewer was working for the companies that sell the drugs. Government and company records show that from 2001 to 2003, he accepted about $114,000 in consulting fees from four companies making or developing cholesterol medications, including $31,000 from the maker of Crestor.

Brewer was far from alone in taking industry's money: At least 530 government scientists at the NIH, the nation's preeminent agency for medical research, have taken fees, stock or stock options from biomedical companies in the last five years, records show.

NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni has told Congress that outside work should be allowed if "the scientist is giving advice in an area that is not part of his official duties."

Information gathered by a congressional committee, in addition to company records and 15,000 pages of government documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that NIH researchers have repeatedly crossed Zerhouni's line.

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