Credible or Incredible?

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  • 08/06/2007
Lots of posts about whether drugwonks is, because of our "style" less or more credible than it could be...

Our attacks have never been ad hominem. They have been pointed and backed up by facts and informed by frustration. And unlike many of our critics, we read all of the material we blog on, not just the headlines. We actually do research before we post. And when we are wrong or over the line we apologize openly and honestly.

As for our handling of Steve Nissen, he deserves the Derek Lowe-inspired Kevin Trudeau treatment. As we have said several times on this blog -- and no one else in the pharma blog community seems to care, he and his crony Curt Furberg trashed the cardiovascular safety of ADHD drugs in a most unprofessional fashion. Their attack on Avandia has caused many people to stop taking the drug just as Furberg's frivolous and media orchestrated attack on CCB's caused people to stop taking those drugs 10 years ago.

Drugwonks is the only, the only, site that is consistently shining a light on the relationship between so-called activists like Nissen, Furberg, etc., the medical journals, the media, certain members of Congress the damage they have done to the public health with respect to women's health, depression, ADHD and now diabetes. We have criticized Democrats, Republicans, drug companies, drug ads, conservatives, liberals and even Michael Moore.

Moreover, through CMPI we are coming up with constructive, patient-centric approaches to make medicine more personalized and value-based. What we do on drugwonks is a small part of what we do and who we are. As anyone who attended our Medicine and Media program saw, we have many outlets and seek out many approaches to promote science based medicine. Want to ignore that stuff and focus on what we post that annoys the hell out of you? Be my guest. If that makes us less credible, trust me I won't lose any sleep over it.

We are ticking everybody off it seems. So I guess we are doing something write.

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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