Another AHRQ Report, Another Wasted Million Dollars

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  • 02/01/2012
Yet another AHRQ review of decades old data concluding that there is no gold standard evidence (randomized clinical trials) to determine whether stem cell treatments help or hurt kids who need organ transplants or who have juvenile diabetes.  

Other feautres of the study that now characterize most AHRQ 'research.'

No mention of genetic tests or variations that can stratify and optimize treatment.

Conducted by the same people who dole out money to other AHRQ grantees and sit on the PCORI board and who also sit on CER boards of HMOs. (Naomi Aronson).  If someone from a device or drug company was a co-author of a study funded by an agency whose decisions they would derive benefit from, Merrill Goozner and Gary Schwitzer (the wholly owned subsidiary of Health Dialog) would mutate into another life form.  Oh, I forgot to mention that AHRQ is also hiring drug reps to peddle this stuff to doctors and hospitals. 

How about some oversight on AHRQ's activities en route to cutting its budget or reordering it's mission?

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