FDA caught hiding scientific fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration – the agency tasked with protecting public health via regulation of everything from food safety to prescription drugs – occasionally encounters serious instances of misconduct in biomedical research.

The problem with these problems is that they are not reported. At least, not in any meaningful way. “The FDA has no systematic method of communicating these findings to the scientific community,” writes Seife, “leaving open the possibility that research misconduct detected by a government agency goes unremarked in the peer-reviewed literature.” By failing to make this information readily available, the FDA compromises the ability of scientists, doctors, and the public – that means you – to remain informed about scientific trials fraught with misconduct.



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