Category: Politics and Regulation

Prevagen goes P-hacking

Can post-hoc data-dredging produce competent and reliable scientific evidence for Prevagen's claims of memory improvement? The FTC and consumer groups say "no."

/ June 21, 2018

Anti-Vaccine Hotspots are Getting Hotter

More parents are seeking to avoid childhood vaccinations in states that allow nonmedical exemptions. These "hotspots" of decreasing vaccination rates, some of which include large urban cities, are likely locations for future outbreaks of preventable disease.

/ June 15, 2018

Chiropractic Pediatrics: “delayed referral, misdiagnosis, adverse events and ineffective treatments”

A study finds "delayed referral, misdiagnosis, adverse events and ineffective treatments" in chiropractic management of pediatric orthopedic conditions. States should act to prevent this harm to children.

/ June 7, 2018
President Trump signs right-to-try

Right-to-try is now law. Let patients beware!

Last week, President Trump signed the worst federal right-to-try bill under consideration by Congress into law. Its purpose was never to help terminally ill patients, and now that it's law there will be nothing the FDA can do to protect vulnerable terminally ill patients who choose it. That's a feature, not a bug. That's because right-to-try is the result of a collaboration...

/ June 4, 2018

Are generic drugs equivalent to brand-name drugs?

Generic drugs cost a fraction of brand-name drugs. What gives us confidence they are equivalent? Science.

/ May 31, 2018
Tinus Smits

CEASE therapy for autism: Homeopathic quackery and “self regulation” by naturopathic boards

Naturopathy is quackery. If you doubt this, consider that you can't have naturopathy without homeopathy. What's even worse is when naturopaths subject autistic children to quackery like CEASE therapy. Expecting any naturopathic regulatory board to investigate quackery in naturopathy is the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse.

/ May 28, 2018

Legislative Alchemy: Michigan naturopathic licensing bill passes Senate

A bill granting naturopathic doctors one of the broadest scopes of practice in the country passed in the Michigan Senate. If enacted, the egregious quackery already being practiced by Michigan naturopaths will bear the imprimatur of state approval and rectifying harm to consumers will become much harder.

/ May 24, 2018

The very worst version of the sham known as “right-to-try” is poised to become law

"Right-to-try" laws are a cruel sham that purport to allow terminally ill patients access to promising experimental drugs. In reality, they strip away many protections and leave vulnerable patients on their own. After four years and a number of toothless state laws, a federal version of "right-to-try" is poised to become law. A version passed by the Senate could be voted on...

/ May 21, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada orders a new trial for parents convicted in Ezekiel Stephan’s death

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial for David and Collet Stephan, who had been convicted in the meningitis death of their son. The Stephans say they're vindicated. The facts say otherwise.

/ May 17, 2018

Crowdfunding unproven stem cell treatments: overstated efficacy, unstated risks

Crowdfunding campaigns for unproven stem cell treatments exaggerate the benefits and underemphasize the risks, all the while raising considerable funds and generating social media buzz.

/ May 10, 2018