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Research Being Abused To Sell Product - Latest Canadian Health Fraud
The Canadian health fraud problem continues to escalate. Miracle cures, international headquarters for bogus diet scams, treatments for animals suddenly being the treatment for incurable human mental illnesses are all part of the current scene.
The one issue that is now coming to light is the compromising of university based research being used to sell otherwise unapproved health products. The latest example is now taking place at University of Guelph.
It has been revealed in the past week that a product known as "Calorie Care" marketed out of a New York state mailbox by Nexcare Inc. is in fact being promoted by PhD student Derek Woodgate, under the direction of Professor Julie Conquer.
So far University of Guelph has denied that there is a conflict of interest, and have pointed out that Mr. Woodgate is a student, and not part of the University. The University even carries a press release about the research on their website!
However, much of the claims for the current product (which does not contain ephedrine or ma huang) are based on earlier research with those two ingredients.
The current story has alot of parallels to the ongoing story of the TrueHope/Synergy scam treatment for mental illness. In this story, a University of Calgary researcher did an unauthorized clinical trial with the product, EM Power.
While the research never was authorized by Health Canada, and had several protocal and design problems as documented by the US Department of Health & Human Services,the research did manage to get published. But also, it has been revealed that calls to the researcher, during the study period, referred people to the website where to purchase product. The answering messege to that phone at one time even referred people where to buy the product. And while University of Calgary has sinced removed it, there was a press release from the University on their webpage about this research.
Even today, the TrueHope website still contains references to this unauthorized research, and clearly the "research" continues to be used as a marketing tool for the continued illegal sales of the product.
All of the latter story is part of our book on the TrueHope/Synergy scam, which can be ordered from www.pigpills.com.
Consumers must be very wary of any product promotion that is directly tied into on-going research. If the product is legitimate, the research would have been completed long ago, and the product would be approved. On-going research on an approved product could then be on new claims, of which should not be used until proven correct.
University ethics committees should be more vigilant in screening out research that is not completey independant of the marketing of a product, particularly if the product isn't even approved.
Date of Story: Sunday, May 04, 2003
Story Posted By: Ron Reinhold
Source: Ron Reinhold
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