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April 25, 2014

For one of our assignments this month, we were allowed to investigate a new drug and write about its process through clinical trials and approval. Naturally, I picked the drug that my mentor's paper helped support. Oh, the dirt I dug up on one of the phase three trials. Eight percent of patients were dispensed the wrong drug. Where they should get placebo+treatment, they received placebo+placebo or treatment+treatment. Eight percent of the about 18,000 patients on this trial means about 1500 patients who thought they were getting proper treatment either received nothing or too much medication. Absolutely, positively, fucking ridiculous.