Thursday, February 14, 2008

What is the half-life of a pharmaceutical scientific scandal?

Using Google Trends it is possible to plot the frequency of google searches against time, as well as the incidence of news reports for particular key words (with flags showing the timing of key incidents). I thought it would be interesting to look at a few scientific scandals
  • Vioxx
  • Vytorin, Zetia
  • Avandia
[half life scientific scandals]
The half-life is about 3 weeks, and is fairly reproducible. Patient deaths and other accumulative effects are not shown.

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soulful sepulcher said...

That is one of the best titles for an article i've read --made me laugh out loud.

Aubrey Blumsohn said...