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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 11838

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Publication type: Journal Article

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Misleading Congress about Drug Development
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 2007 Oct; 32:(5):895-913


A review of:
Congressional Budget Office. Research and Development in the Pharmaceutical Industry-A CBO Study. Washington, DC: U.S. Congress, 2006.

Full text:

Members of the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, and European and Canadian parliaments depend on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as an internationally respected body to provide rigorous, objective, and critical assessments of important policy issues. The purpose of the CBO is to establish authoritative figures and facts for bills and other actions. Thus one is surprised to find that the C130 study into pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) uses widely criticized figures without qualification and fails to review objectively the range of evidence about pharmaceutical R&D or its quality. It relies almost entirely on figures from studies by researchers supported by the industry, without assessing for nonspecialists how reliable they are. As a result; the CBO uncritically reiterates the industry-endorsed “facts” and the story of huge R&D costs,
modest and precarious profits, and prices that represent good value. This new study of pharmaceutical R&D therefore comes close to reading as if it were written by the industry for its lobbying efforts…


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