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Publication type: Journal Article

Lexchin J.
Commentary: Nesiritide and Lessons Unlearned
Israeli Journal of Emergency Medicine 2005 Oct; 5:(4):69-72
http://www.isrjem.org/NesiritideOct05.pdf


Abstract:

Drawing from nesiritide and other recent case studies, the author describes problems associated
with prematurely adopting drugs, the seductive nature of the intermediate endpoint, and the influence of pharmaceutical industry marketing on clinical practice.

Keywords:
nesiritide, sponsorship, journal advertisements, intermediate endpoints, physician attitudes, pharmaceutical industry


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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909