Scientific Secrecy and Spin: The Sad, Sleazy Saga of the Trials of Remune
22 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2006 Last revised: 8 Feb 2014
A drug company funds a large-scale clinical trial of a new AIDS therapy; when the results are unfavorable, the company tries to prevent their being published; when the researchers go ahead with publication anyway; the company seeks millions of dollars in damages. Of course, viewed more closely, things are more complicated than they seem at first. The author sketches an account of what science is and does that suggests how and why the ways in which scientific work is funded can distort or even block its progress, and concludes with some thoughts about industrial sponsorship of scientific research in the universities.
Keywords: clinical trials, research funding
JEL Classification: L65, K13, K41
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