This week, we hear from two veteran investigative journalists about their findings on the way some drugs make their way into your medicine cabinet. Here’s what you need to know. Drugs are tested for safety and effectiveness in what are known as clinical trials. You might think those trials always take place under the careful scrutiny of regulators charged with ensuring that the drugs will be safe to prescribe — and that those people taking part in the trials are safe as well. But as we’ve learned, it’s time to think again.
James Steele and his colleague Donald Barlett are Pulitzer-winning investigative journalists. Reporting over a combined 90 years, they have covered everything from gaping tax loopholes to the dangers of nuclear waste to congressional favoritism of corporations over retirees. But they say when it comes to lack of accountability, there’s nothing quite like the health care industry.