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Drug Trial Test Results More Favorable in Trials Funded by Pharmaceutical Industry

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study showing that the results yielded by drug trials funded by the pharmaceutical industry differ radically from those that are not. Pharmaceutical ndustry-funded trials reported positive outcomes 85% of the time compared with 50% of the time for government-funded trials and 72% of the time for trials funded by nonprofits or non-federal organizations. Among the nonprofit or non-federal studies, those that received industry contributions were more likely to be positive (85%) compared with those that did not have any industry support (61%).