ISOP 2011

This week I have been at the International Society of Pharmacovigilance's 2011 meeting in Istanbul. My colleagues and I have been presenting data on missed doses (adults and children), causality and prevention of adverse drug reactions, the use of rivaroxoban for total knee replacement, and patient internet accounts of serious…

Obama and H1N1 vaccine conspiracies

In the US the H1N1 vaccine has been the subject of some debate. Here is some footage from Fox News, were you can seen several incredibly dumb people discussing vaccines, including Deirdre Imus: Imus asks: "If it's so safe, why doesn't President Obama have his children vaccinated on TV in…

Daily Mail statistical methodology

The recent tragic death of Stephen Gately, which may have been due to a heart problem, was exploited by Jan Moir in her Daily Mail column to make a wider point: All the official reports point to a natural death, with no suspicious circumstances. The Gately family are - perhaps…

Jackie Fletcher and the media

In the space of 4 days we have had a flurry of irresponsible news reporting about HPV vaccine following the death of a child. One of the rent-a-gobs that newspapers persist in obtaining quotes from is Jackie Fletcher, "leader" of the JABS campaigning group. JABS is largely concerned with propagating…