Published studies of the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical and Alii) under-reported adverse events 3- to 33-fold compared to the number of investigator-reported adverse events even though six of seven papers stated that “all adverse events were recorded” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.
Do you believe that this is also true for studies of cholesterol drugs (statins) and blood pressure drugs and diabetes drugs and antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills and bone-building drugs and acid-blocking drugs and every other drug out there?
Yes, of course it is.
I believe that drug-induced side effects are dramatically underreported in all drug studies sponsored by the drug companies.
This is just one example of this.
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