Views & Reviews Drug Tales and Other Stories

We’re all pharmacologists now

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:510
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

Endlessly repeated, a half truth can mutate to dogma and then unquestioned “fact.” So, having become what everybody thinks they know, the half truth is free to distort thought, discussion, and action.

Into this category falls the notion that the drug industry conducts most of the key testing of its products. This is sort of true but only from the narrow perspective that equates research with steering committees, consent forms, confidence intervals, and publication.

Such “official” research may, of course, be far removed from everyday clinical care. And …

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