The latest is not always the greatest in medical treatments, according to a study posted on the Mayo Clinic Proceedings website. It reviewed the findings of more than 1,300 previously published reports on medical practices.
The use of stents became a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry before it was shown that medical management was just as effective for patients with stable coronary artery disease.
“When medical practices are instituted in error, most often on the basis of premature, inadequate, biased and conflicted evidence, the costs to society and the medical system are immense,” the authors concluded. “Our position is in contrast to efforts to lower standards for device and drug approval, which further erodes the value of the regulatory process.”
Dr. John Ioannidis, of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center, said this:
“Despite better laboratory science, fascinating technology, and theoretically mature designs after 65 years of randomized trials, ineffective, harmful, expensive medical practices are being introduced more frequently now than at any other time in the history of medicine.”
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