5 years ago today: British ethics chief explains why fraud never happens in Britain
On 26 October 2002
Dr Michael Wilks, chairman of the British Medical Association's medical ethics committee explained why research fraud never happens in Britain.
His explanation followed a 26 October 2002 BBC broadcast about the
the Duke University study in the USA (see 23 October memory hole
). The study showed that clinical trials of many new drugs and treatments are flawed and unethical, and that researchers fail to follow international guidelines in studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry.
The BBC cited Dr Michael Wilks, chairman of the British Medical Association's medical ethics committee saying
"It is different in the UK. Studies are approved by research ethic committees before they can go ahead and I don't think there would ever be a case where they would allow a study to proceed if there was a chance that the drug company could prevent publication of the findings."
Have you heard of GSK or Seroxat Dr Wilks? We can think of many other examples I am sure. I have wondered why the BMA ethics committee has said nothing at all about the most serious integrity lapses in medicine, and why fraud is so effectively hidden here. I think we may have the explanation.We British are just fine.