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Disease-mongering through clinical trials

González-Moreno, María and Saborido, Cristian and Teira, David (2015) Disease-mongering through clinical trials. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 51. pp. 11-18. ISSN 13698486

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Abstract

Our goal in this paper is to articulate a precise concept of at least a certain kind of disease-mongering, showing how pharmaceutical marketing can commercially exploit certain diseases when their best definition is given through the success of a treatment in a clinical trial. We distinguish two typesof disease-mongering according to the way theyexploit the definition of the trial population for marketing purposes. We argue that behind these two forms ofdisease-mongering there are two well-known problems in the statistical methodology of clinical trials (the reference class problem and the distinction between statistical and clinical significance). Overcoming them is far from simple


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González-Moreno, María
Saborido, Cristian
Teira, David
Keywords: disease mongering, reference class, statistical significance
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Clinical Trials
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Prof. David Teira
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2020 19:03
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 19:03
Item ID: 18147
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.02.007
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2015.02.007
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Clinical Trials
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 11-18
Volume: 51
ISSN: 13698486
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18147

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