The washout period (yeah, I know)

“There are a lot of ways that one can manipulate data in a [drug or vaccine] trial. Trials do what they call a washout period, and what that means is before they choose the people that are going to be in the trial, they give everybody the drug, and the people that have side effects get excluded from the trial. And they say that so people aren’t uncomfortable when they are in the trial. But of course it takes out all the people that have side effects, and that’s very commonly done in drug trials. … It would definitely grossly underestimate the number of people that have side effects. They’re not as safe as they’re made out to be, no.”

― Rita Redberg, MD, MSc, professor of medicine and director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

“In its effect, it’s certainly scientific fraud, and in its effect it’s organized crime. It’s always difficult to allege intent, but it is clear that manipulation of evidence subjects many people to treatments that those people should never have been subjected to.”

― Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

 

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