Archive for the ‘Settled Science’ Category

FDA: “Following the science & the data is over-rated.”

June 24, 2021

Approves Alzheimer drug despite objections from science advisory panel & statisticians.
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OK, the FDA didn’t explicitly say that following the science & the data is over-rated.

Nor did it explicitly say: “Do as we say, not as we do.”

But…

Last week, the FDA approved aducanumab — Biogen’s controversial new Alzheimer’s drug.

But, according to the WSJ, the FDA did so despite doubts about the therapy’s effectiveness.

Specifically. the FDA’s drug biostatistics office concluded that “substantial evidence of effectiveness had not been provided in the application.”

Accordingly, the FDA’s scientific advisory panel recommended against approval of the drug, “questioning whether  it provides any benefit at all.”

But, the FDA ignored the panel’s advice and approved the drug any way.

So, several of the panel members resigned, calling the decision  “probably the worst drug approval decision in recent U.S. history.”

Ouch.

More gently, critics say the FDA “ignored the scientific standards it typically holds drugmakers.”

So much for following the science and the data.

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For the record, given my family’s medical history, I’m rooting for Alzheimer-attacking drugs … and I’m a strong proponent of “right to try”.

So, I’m ok with the FDA’s decision.

But, I’m getting tired of elite pontificators telling me to follow elusive, unsettled  science … and, very tired of lying political-scientists

Survey: Trusted medical experts.

August 19, 2020

Coincidently, I received 2 related emails this morning.

The first was a Georgetown broadcast email to faculty (even retired ones) and students:

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Reasonable advice from Dr. Anthony “Wide Left” Fauci:

“Trust respected medical authorities”.

Hard to disagree with Fauci on that one.

But, begs the question: Who are the medical authorities to be trusted?

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A second message came from a reliable HomaFiles’ source.

He reported that a survey was conducted asking people: “Which  medical authority do you trust most?”

And, there was a clear-cut winner…..

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Unsettled Science: AP wins … pulling away.

June 8, 2015

There’s a trite sports adage:

“When these teams get together, you can throw out the record book.”

Same holds for American Pharoah … the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 44 years.

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The betting odds were in AP’s favor … part wishful excitement, part herd mentality, part “uniqueness bias” that stipulated that this horse is really different from past Triple Crown contenders.

Let’s look back at the pre-race punditry …

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