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Industry-sponsored research more likely to favor drug than placebo

Published results of drug trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry are more likely than trials not sponsored by the industry to favor drug over placebo, according to

  • Lisa Bero, PhD and Kirby Lee, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members;
  • Peter Bacchetti, PhD, a UCSF School of Medicine faculty member; and
  • Fieke Oostvogel of University of Leiden, Netherlands.

Their conclusions and underlying research appeared in PloS Medicine on June 5, 2007.

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