The Pharmaceutical industry’s dirty little secret. The data from thousands of clinical trials, often publicly funded, are never disclosed. Instead, the industry cherry-picks trial data to exclude evidence of ineffectiveness or adverse effects.
All clinical trials of pharmaceutical products should be pre-registered, and the results should always be released. The prevalence of deliberate non-disclosure means that data which shows adverse side-effects is simply being swept under the carpet.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that failing to report results can lead to the use of “suboptimal or even harmful products”.
The criteria of the scientific process are not fulfilled if “unhelpful” data is not released. It’s quite literally, pseudo-science: going through the motions until you get the results you want.