A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling

Science Mag.org:

On its face, it was a major finding: Antimalarial drugs touted by the White House as possible COVID-19 treatments looked to be not just ineffective, but downright deadly. A study published on 22 May in The Lancet used hospital records procured by a little-known data analytics company called Surgisphere to conclude that coronavirus patients taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to show an irregular heart rhythm—a known side effect thought to be rare—and were more likely to die in the hospital.

Within days, some large randomized trials of the drugs—the type that might prove or disprove the retrospective study’s analysis—screeched to a halt. Solidarity, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) megatrial of potential COVID-19 treatments, paused recruitment into its hydroxychloroquine arm, for example. (Update: At a briefing on 3 June WHO announced it would resume that arm of the study.)

But just as quickly, the Lancet results have begun to unravel—and Surgisphere, which provided patient data for two other high-profile COVID-19 papers, has come under withering online scrutiny from researchers and amateur sleuths. They have pointed out many red flags in the Lancet paper, including the astonishing number of patients involved and details about their demographics and prescribed dosing that seem implausible. “It began to stretch and stretch and stretch credulity,” says Nicholas White, a malaria researcher at Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Today, The Lancet issued an Expression of Concern (EOC) saying “important scientific questions have been raised about data” in the paper and noting that “an independent audit of the provenance and validity of the data has been commissioned by the authors not affiliated with Surgisphere and is ongoing, with results expected very shortly.” more here

17 Comments on A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling

  1. “Trump said drug X could be helpful with Corona virus. Quick!… Doctor up a bullshit study that makes him ‘wrong’. And if it causes good therapeutic policies to be fucked up and cost thousands of lives, who cares because Orange Man Bad!!!”

    – “Science”

  2. The lengths that some of these people will go to to discredit DJT is amazing. They would sell their soul to cast any type of doubt.

  3. The corruption of every institution is staggering. How we get out of this intact as a country is a mystery.

  4. And to think we fund these questionable organizations. Sounds like something from the 17th century when the krap hits the fan and we need the actual facts.

  5. Our friend died from Covid-19 complications after trying and showing improvement one day after starting hydroxychloroquine. He showed signs of AFib and was taken off the treatment when this study showing the drug was more harmful than good was released. BTW at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib, it is the most common irregular heart rhythm and can be managed. If they faked the data, there needs to be some truly serious consequences.

  6. The Los Angeles mayor (garcetti) and the city council just paid the ransom – and capitulated to a fascist remake of the city government:

    Los Angeles is cutting $100M–$150M from LAPD budget to be “reinvested in black communities and communities of color”
    “American society is founded on a racial hierarchy, one that is born out of slavery, followed by Jim Crow segregation and corporate abuse of labor. As such, police departments are asked to enforce a system of laws that are designed to reinforce and maintain economic and racial inequality.”




  7. Nothings off the table in an attempt to take down Trump…
    including sacrificing human life for the sake of the lie.

    Hey, brother gotta few seniors with covid ya wanna toss in my Gran’s nursing home????

  8. Ah…the British Lancet again. I recall their POS politically motivated study in the lead up to the Iraq ground campaign that the invasion would kill 100,000 civilians.

    It did not. Now this? They lie and publish for leftist reasons.

  9. The Lancet and The Economist used to be prestigious publications. Now they are leftist tools.

    Open up any issue of The Economist, and you don’t have to read too much to realize it’s Anti-American bias.

    Both of these publications have their knives out for America.

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