in any situation including scientific matters
we have to asses the
the size of the thing or the subject in discussion.
in this context
of the total research done in medicine what percentage is affected by external influences.? like pharmaceutical companies.
i don't think it is a serious amount.
though i cannot substantiate.
but why i think so ?:
for many reasons:
when a discovery is made in medicine or anything for that matter--
it first appears in a university or medical science journal .
scientists round the world repeat the experiment.
if only it is found acceptable, substantially significant ,
it will be available in a text book -i mean professors quoting it in their books.
that is the prime reason why i just do not take "some study"-by its face value.
why i insist that we derive knowledge from university or university level institution's publications.
otherwise some Richardson or Parkinson of the
Sahara central university or some forum ,
telling that=fasting is the best way to reduce weight.
it is a way ,but not the best or recommendable.
another thing :
you see ,
contrary to what we consider in general,
the countries like USA is thirty percent socialistic country.-
in usa 30 percent of the national income is from public sector= remember i had said some time back ,
i went through wealth of nations of the world.
no single company can stand any where near
the us government and as such its fda cannot be influenced easily.some small percentage may be there--no doubt.
most of the university research is as follows.
a member of my family is a researcher in medicine.
she came out gold medalist and first rank
and later got through what they call the icmr fellowship exam
which awarded her a research fellowship.
icmr [ indian council of medical research] alloted her
30 laks for experiments-books, chemicals, lab machinery etc.
the only constraint on her was
she must find a department in a medical college and a professor to be attached with,
any where in india.
absolutely nothing else.for 4 years
salary and this additional laks completely to be expended by her . .
the professors and scientists of the universities are absolutely free to conduct their research the way they like.
next time when you go to a medical college just ask about this.
farma companies giving some back door money to doctors for prescribing their drugs is different from research-
it is usual that industry will try product selling better..
scientific research round the world cannot be controlled by any company like that.
it is only internet circulating opinions that
farma ,farma is controlling all our medical knowledge.
if that were the case we would have never got the recombinant insulin or metformin or pioglitazone---innumerable medicines .
which are drugs of superior effects compared to the predecessor
the recombinant insulin came because animal insulin has side effects.
metformin came because its predecessor fenformin caused lactic acidosis.
pioglitazone because metformin does not work effectively in some people.
ignorance and superstition that medicines kill the people. therefore go and eat high fat.
in olden days before the modern antibiotics
a person would die even of scabies .
but we now have even forgotten what is scabies. why ? antibiotics!!
it is best hypothesis that
people who work against Indian public health by propagating against standard medical knowledge and it s diffusion among us
is funded from outside india.