Special Report: Drug Safety Can Drug Firms Be Trusted?

Yes, usually, but a spate of fraud allegations shows that the testing process needs reform

Even to a nation grown accustomed to multibillion-dollar business frauds, the allegations are shocking. A Scottish psychiatrist has charged Upjohn of Kalamazoo, Mich., with falsifying scientific evidence regarding the safety of the sleeping pill Halcion (annual worldwide sales: $240 million). The accusation has prompted a federal investigation. Dow Corning Wright of Arlington, Tenn., stands accused of failing to report that its silicone-gel breast implants were associated with severe side effects -- including the development of autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. That product and similar implants made by other manufacturers have been placed in 1 million to 2 million American...

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