by Jeffrey Dach MD
I received this email from a friend and colleague, Neil Burman MD who comments on the state of Medical Research, as discussed in JAMA, “the Future of Biomedical Research” by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD.
“Hard Times” for NIH Funding of Medical Research
NIH funding is drying up. There is a federal budget crunch with trillion dollar federal deficits. The NIH budget is approximately 30 billion dollars a year for biomedical research, yet they still clamor for more even though results have been disappointing. We still have no cure for cancer, nor for autoimmune disease, and no understanding or effective treatment for autism, etc. We have seen a whole series of “Bad Drugs” initially approved by the FDA and then later pulled from the market. Another medical scandal is the pervasive medical ghost writing which has tainted the medical literature.
Biomed Research Turning-Point. A Landmark Essay, Neil Burman MD
THE END OF BIG-MONEYED MED RESEARCH
Big Pharma has run dry of new ‘wonder drugs’ and technologies ,
and is being fined $billions for marketing fraudulent drugs in the past 60 years, such as stilbestrol, practolol, phenacetin, thalidomide, Vioxx, fluoride, mercury amalgams.
Now, the biggest medical science scams of all times, aspartame; useless risky flu-vaccines and useless antiflu drugs for non-existent pandemics, cholesterol-busting drugs and anti-inflammatories, antidepressants even for tiny kids, GMO foods; deadly soy babymilk formulae,and universal screening xray mammography.
With budget cutbacks, there is no longer obscene profit to bribe Regulators and politicians and health workers… so the $multibillion medresearch industry is cut off from the funding at both ends.
Back to the days of fearless pioneer doctors Hippocrates, Maimonides, James Lind, Ed Jenner, Semmelweis, Jock Drummond, Fred Banting, Margaret Sanger, Einstein, Jung, Linus Pauling, Chris Barnard, Walter Stumpf’s original thinking and bootstrap grinding lab/ clinic work – so few of them carreer- trained as med researchers.
From: Dr Neil Burman
The Future of Biomedical Research
by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Office of the Vice Provost and Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
JAMA. 2013;():1-2. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2096
Published online April 4, 2013
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