Sunday, May 04, 2008

Unemployed in Terms of Science

A bit of cleaning, and I came across this minor bit amusement from a year ago. It is a postal invitation from Procter and Gamble to attend their sponsored satellite meeting at the 2007 International Bone and Mineral Society meeting in Montreal. This is the meeting at which data was presented showing very poor concordance between the "findings" reported by P&G in the third of their three "scientific" Sheffield publications, and the actual underlying data (when it was revealed to "authors"). In fact there was little meaningful concordance.

I guess the meeting organizers had sold the list of registered attendees to P&G, and they in turn had reproduced the "academic appointment" field on their addressing.

Had I attended this satellite session on 27 June 2007 I would have received some CME credits for "Navigating the changing landscape of bisphosphonates to provide high quality osteoporosis therapy for patients" and would have learned how to "Cite clinical trial data showing key differences among bisphosphonate therapies". I would also have drunk a cocktail and eaten a Hors d'oeuvre.

Unemployment from this brand of schlock science is a welcome relief.

For the abstract about P&G's third publication see here. Or see the meeting poster and poster handout. Both explain the relevant background to this presentation. This was also the presentation subjected to the embarrassing assault by P&G's super science spy Dr Purple.

If you care about medicine, contact me to discuss the actual science. The Postgraduate institute for Medicine will reward you with a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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