Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Drug Trials & The Media

Date:
August 26, 2005
Source:
BioMed Central
Summary:
Media reports of drug trials can lack accuracy and reliability, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC International Health and Human Rights. Researchers say that in controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention drug trials, investigators and funders should engage with the media to avoid misinterpretation and inaccurate reporting.

Media reports of drug trials can lack accuracy and reliability,according to a study published in the open access journal BMCInternational Health and Human Rights. Researchers say that incontroversial issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention drug trials,investigators and funders should engage with the media to avoidmisinterpretation and inaccurate reporting.

The governments of Cameroon and Cambodia cancelled planned trialsfor the antiretroviral drug tenofovir in 2004 following activist grouppressure. The trials, to investigate the use of tenofovir to preventHIV infection, and their subsequent closure, were widely covered by theinternational media. EdwardMills, from McMaster University in Canada, and colleagues from the USAand the UK found that media reports were largely inconsistent andfailed to seek primarysources for information.

Mills and colleagues studied all media reports on the closureof the two trials for tenofovir. Their study reveals that the reasonsfor the closure given by the media varied greatly and were sometimesentirely incorrect. The concerns expressed by activists andconsistently reported in the press included: a lack of medicalinsurance for trial related injuries, human rights considerations, andinadequate care for people who contract HIV during the trial.

The researchers found that out of the 36 articles about thetrials that they studied more in depth, 17 did not identify a primarysource of information, only 7 reported having interviewed a trialinvestigator or representative and only one reported having intervieweda participant to the trial. Only one report included interviews of bothtrial investigators and opponents to the trials.

This study suggests that seeking reliable primary sources ofinformation might have enabled journalists to report more accurately onthe issues surrounding thetrials. But the researchers make clear it is as much the responsibilityof the organisers of such trials to provide accurate information to themedia and the public.

"Given the potential impact of the media in formulation ofhealth policy related to HIV, efforts are needed to effectively engagethe media during periods of controversy in the HIV/AIDS epidemic",write the authors.

###

Article:
Media reporting of tenofovir trials in Cambodia and Cameroon
Edward Mills, Beth Rachlis, Ping Wu, Elaine Wong, Lori Heisi, Kumanan Wilson, Sonal Singh
BMC International Health and Human Rights 2005, 5:6 (24 August 2005)



Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by BioMed Central. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Fears Keep Guinea Hospitals Empty

Ebola Fears Keep Guinea Hospitals Empty

AP (Oct. 23, 2014) Fears of Ebola are keeping doctors and patients alike away from hospitals in the West African nation of Guinea. (Oct. 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Working Mother (Oct. 22, 2014) Is your child ready? Video provided by Working Mother
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

Newsy (Oct. 22, 2014) Now that the U.S. is restricting travel from West Africa, some are dropping questions about a travel ban and instead asking about visa bans. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
More People Diagnosed With TB In 2013, But There's Good News

More People Diagnosed With TB In 2013, But There's Good News

Newsy (Oct. 22, 2014) The World Health Organizations says TB numbers rose in 2013, but it's partly due to better detection and more survivors. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins