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It has recently come out that the British government has wasted half a billion pounds. They did this by building up a huge stockpile of Tamiflu, in case of a flu epidemic. It has now become clear that if there is such an epidemic, it won't be mitigated to any significant extent by Tamiflu.

How could this have happened? Surely any government, before spending that much money, would insist on very strong evidence from clinical trials that the drug in question was worth buying. The answer is that the drug companies did not make their data available, and papers reporting on the clinical trials were written by employees of those companies, so basically we just had to trust them. And it turns out, after a four-year battle to get hold of the data, that trusting them was a very bad thing to do. Worse still, it seems that this kind of situation is absolutely normal. A more extreme example of the benefits of open science would be hard to find.

The link below tells the story in more detail. If you want a longer read, then +Ben Goldacre writes about it, and the general situation concerning drug trials, very interestingly here:  http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/10/tamiflu-saga-drug-trials-big-pharma

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SLB band 11/12/2013
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"...I am you and what I see is me" #PinkFloyd - #Echoes / #Live at #Pompeii 

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Miles Davis and John Coltrane 
(Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY 1958 by Aram Avakian) #jazz 
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Check this out +Nicolas Weiss , amazing interview.

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“Without #music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
Frank Zappa
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