Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar to the right. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.
The company that conducted a fatal French clinical drug trial that killed one and left four permanently damaged has revealed that it did not review all the available data before administering increased dosages to patients.
Not only is it astonishing that they failed to use all the available data, it is even more amazing that the company itself admits to this.
As I noted when this story first broke in February, this is a big deal, and should get major coverage by news organizations.
…it is disturbing that a research company could be so cavalier about the lives of the human beings it is using as test subjects.
This story also illustrates indirectly the significant decline in the state of today’s modern mainstream press as well as the greater interests of the general public. This is a major science story. For a clinical drug study to kill one of its test subjects is a big deal. Yet I am certain that this will get no coverage in any cable news outlet. (If anyone see a video story about this, please let me know.) The written news outlets on the web will likely do a story, but it will not give it wide exposure.
As far as I can tell, this story got no coverage in the press then, and I expect none now. A dark age is surely coming.