Merck Manipulated the Science about the Drug Vioxx
The Union of Concerned Scientists is a national nonprofit organization founded 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who sought to use the power of science to address global problems and improve people’s lives.

From: Heads They Win,
Tails We Lose
How Corporations Corrupt Science at the Public’s Expense

From 2005 to 2011, UCS conducted surveys
and received responses from more than 5,100 scientists at nine federal agencies, including the Food
and Drug Administration (UCS 2010e, 2006), the
Environmental Protection Agency (UCS 2008), the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(UCS 2005), and the Department of Agriculture
(UCS 2010e). Among other troubling trends, the
results revealed that hundreds of scientists across
the agencies had personally experienced political
interference in their work (UCS 2010e, 2009e).
Scientists attested that the interference often
stemmed from inappropriate corporate influence.

2 thoughts on “Merck Manipulated the Science about the Drug Vioxx

  1. I saw with great interest, Debra, that there is a Union of Concerned Scientists, a national nonprofit organization that was founded 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and they seek to use the power of science to address global problems and improve people’s lives.

    I copy here what they say they care about:

    “Our founders knew science and evidence-based decision making was critical to solving many of the biggest challenges facing humankind, and to make progress we would need to work persistently in the face of often daunting odds. That is just what we’ve done.

    We combat climate change and seek to alleviate harm caused by the heat, sea level rise, and other consequences of runaway emissions,
    We strive to develop sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves,
    We work to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war,
    We fight back when powerful corporations or special interests mislead the public on science, and
    We ensure our solutions advance racial and economic equity .”

    I am very concerned that politicians with some knowlege of science are often not capable of evidence-based decision making.

    I hate it, when powerful corporations or special interest groups mislead us on science. And can we not be educated to see that we ought to aim that our food, power and transport are being produced in a sustainable way? I mean these things should be obvious to any government by now. And governments should show us the way how these things can become achievable.

    I am not a very educated person. But I was able to find the above information on the internet. I would imagine anybody that gets voted into a parliament for sure has similar information at hand and ought to think about it what can be done about it.

    I guess the problem so far is that powerful corporations and special interest groups have the power to overrule anything sensible that politicians might aim for in achieving in the interest of humankind. I wonder whether there is any chance that corporations might change their thinking drastically and maybe start acting more like the Union of Concerned Scientists might want them to act. And then maybe there would be a chance that governments also would be able to act accordingly. Sustainability does not have to mean that all of us have to live like paupers. We can still have a good life, without too much stress and not the constant threat of wars!

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