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The European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines transparency of clinical trials and good governance should be included in the EMA (European Medicines Agency) extended mandate

13 Sep

In occasion of the ongoing trilogues on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) extended mandate, Members of the European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines urge the Council to ensure the new Regulation enhances clinical trial transparency and upholds good governance.    As explained in a letter published today, it is crucial that information on [...]

Mandating covid19 vaccines? Nonsense proposals

1 Feb

Mandatory vaccination against covid19 of health care workers is proposed because there are vaccines that might reduce the transmission of the virus, SARS-CoV-2, and might  protect both the health workforce and patients. The question that arises is scientific and ethical because of the fact that we do not yet know whether the vaccine will prevent [...]

Covid-19, structure and conjuncture, ideology and politics

8 Aug

No one knows very well how to save the capitalist economy from its own general and pandemic debacles. There are only conjectures. They seem to express an ideological and desiderative a priori rather than a realistic and rigorous analysis of the present state of affairs: neoliberals stubbornly demanding for more market and lesser state (as [...]

COVID-19 meets slums: drug cartels respond to the pandemic

8 Aug

From an epidemiological perspective favelas need to be protected not only due to population density, but also given the high social vulnerability; in view of equity, a key principle of the SUS. However, when protective measures are guided by crime organizations instead of by the government itself, we question whether the former have greater humanitarian [...]

Coronavirus from Wuhan (China). 2019-nCoV. What you need to know to avoid a panic epidemic

23 Mar

Coronaviruses have been with us for thousands of years, and we are prepared to overcome their infections.  If you have traveled to Wuhan (China) or have had close contact with those who have traveled there and have severe catarrhal symptoms with respiratory distress, consult your doctor especially if you have any underlying disease.  In all [...]

What has evidence based medicine (EBM) done for our patients? We do not know. We must abandon it

18 Sep

We must admit that: a / “if the final objective of EBM (Evidence Based Medicine) is to improve patients-populations’ health, do we have evidence of succeed in this objective?” No, b / is EBM harming patients-populations’ health? We do not know. Evidence-Based Medicine (#EBM) has not demonstrated any impact on patients’ health. It is honest [...]

Ovarian cancer screening: could you recommend it? No

15 Aug

In December 2015, The Lancet published the final results of The UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS)  which “was designed to determine how many lives could be saved by screening for ovarian cancer”.  The UKCTOCS is another ovarian cancer screening that demonstrates that screening did not reduce  ovarian cancer specific mortality neither all-cause [...]