COVID-19 and the quest for drugs and vaccines: Statement
from the International Society of Drug Bulletins
The COVID-19 pandemic has called for all
hands on deck
worldwide. Evoking worst-case scenarios such as the Spanish flu of 1918, and
the pandemic of the Mexican flu of 2009-2010, people are
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Cochrane’s sinking ship and conflicts of interest
We believe Cochrane is a key source of scientific evidence on diagnostic and therapeutic medical issues. The very recent expulsion of Peter Gøtzsche from the Cochrane Board and subsequent retirement of four Board members have great impact on the existence of this organisation. Beside issues mentioned by other authors1-3 we believe this crisis is a good opportunity to fix a big problem raised by Peter Gøtzsche and others about Cochrane’s conflict of interest policy.
Paris, 28 November 2017
Prescrire, along with around 20 civil society organisations, has signed a joint declaration drawing attention to potential problems posed by the provision of confidential scientific advice by the European Medicines Agency to pharmaceutical companies, especially a decline in regulatory standards, a risk of institutional capture, and a total lack of transparency surrounding the activity of European regulatory authorities.
Brussels, 8 September 2017
33 civil society organisations, including Prescrire, acting together in the name of responsible pharmaceutial research and affordable medicines, called for the European Commission to abolish the mechanism of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).