Sorry to any of my readers who are offended by the ‘olde englishe’ term for solid waste matter, I could have said s**t or crap I guess, but I am getting a bit irritated by the stream of b******s (liquid waste matter from a flying mammal) coming from the source cited.
The campaign by Drs Carome and Wolfe of Public Citizen in the USA against the SUPPORT trial continues. They again show they know nothing about clinical research or about neonatology or about the difference between an arse and an elbow (a second olde englishe expression). They have tried to rebut John Lantos’s refutation of their nonsense, and again show that they seem to think that the babies in the trial were exposed to some risks that the investigators tried to keep hidden.
They again suggest (and are joined by another commenter) that a 3rd group receiving ‘standard of care’ should have been enrolled. They are unable to understand that the 2 groups were both already ‘standard of care’.
I added my two penn’orth (another olde englishe expression meaning worth 2 (old) pennies) to the Bioethics Forum. I was a bit rude, so it might get edited, if so, I will repost the unedited version here. Otherwise, go to the link and, if you feel so inclined you can register and add your own comments.
I tried to find a place on the Public Citizen website to leave a comment, but there is nowhere to do so. Which is a little internet version 1.0, but also, for an organization that purports to be ‘the people’s voice’ is an indication that they don’t want to hear the people’s voice.
All of which is quite a shame, the politics of Public Citizen, other than this completely unjustified attack on SUPPORT, are very much in line with my own. They should just shut up and apologize for all this nonsense, but I am pretty sure that will not happen. It is hard to just say, ‘sorry, we were wrong, it was a great study that will improve outcomes for preterm babies, without increasing any kind of risks for the participants, carry on the good work’.