That hydroxychloroquine study everyone was writing hysterical columns about a few weeks ago was a fake.
An important investigation—Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Looks like loads of fake data led to the NEJM and Lancet papers. This story is scary and should cause all journals to tap the breaks. Good science takes time
Imagine if people embraced a dubious medical study because it made the President look foolish, halting important medical research, potentially placing more people at risk. We don't have to imagine
HUGE NEWS Comprehensive investigation by on Surgisphere and That Hydroxychloroquine Study Bottom line? Flawed data and "almost certainly a scam"
Again, this story is completely bananas
Great article in , most comprehensive yet on the Surgisphere fraud in the Lancet and NEJM. Amidst all the other red flags, the Guardian contacted enough Australian hospitals to prove the hospital data in the research cannot exist as claimed.
Who is Surgisphere? This story gets weirder every minute. #COVID19
Now The Guardian’s investigative piece on #LancetGate. This is exploding into one of the most twisted and unbelievable medical scandals of the decade.
So yeah, international pandemic policy was informed by "suspect data" provided by a sci-fi writer and sex worker
This is excellent—and disturbing—reporting from The Guardian: several key coronavirus studies, including on the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, seemed to have been based on fake data from a con artist. We need to reopen all this again with real data.
Still can’t stop thinking about this. Even is showing us that false data from some small made-up fraudulent company was used by WHO to stop hcq trials. This doesn’t read simply as bad science, it seems very deliberate.
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
If this isn’t sufficient reason for journals like The Lancet and NEJM to start requiring that all data and protocols are made available at paper submission... This is not the first such major f***up.
This story is unbelievable. A company with a sci-fi writer and an adult actress on the payroll completely faked results on a coronavirus study and everyone believed it, causing changes to treatments around the world.
Basically, the majority of our media fell for the Jukt Micronics of scientific studies on hydroxychloroquine because of the Drumpf.
First #Harvard Med School, now #Lancet. NN Taleb had once said, "The reason social science calls itself "science" because of statistics. And their statistics are practically BS everywhere. I mean, really, everywhere." But this is science, right? Right!
To be clear and published a "study" on hydroxychloroquine done by an unknown company who's small staff includes a porn star and sci-fi writer, then stopped all trials and advised other countries to cease using it based on that study.
Scientists are working franticly to understand SARS-Cov-2 and its effects on human hosts. They've made staggering progress, butat this pace, some really low quality stuff makes it through peer review. Even at and . This is one wild ride
Both & are reviewing #Hydroxychloroquine papers they pub'ed, authored by a company called Surgisphere, claiming death rates increased among #COVID19 patients taking the drug. The company seems highly suspect, cherry-picking results.
Oh well “The WHO and a number of national governments changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company, also calling into question the integrity of key studies“
i know we all stopped paying attention to coronavirus but this story is absolutely insane
The and scandal have posted concerns re hydroxychloroquine / ACEi big data analyses from Surgisphere, whose 5 employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an adult-content model. worth read Thank u 4 sending 2 me.
Pretty clear now that The Lancet paper on HCQ was fraudulent. Likely same true on NEJM paper on ACE/ARBs and an ivermectin paper too by same author
This story tells you how super-important critical science journalism is. If we could please have this in all disciplines.
This is turning into a bad year for experts and expertise.
Journals should stop rushing #COVID19 papers out. For rapid dissemination, we have preprints and people know to treat the results therein with scrutiny. And insisting on data availability may have avoided this whole mess. #DataSharingSavesLives
"Surgisphere, whose employees appear to include a sci-fi writer and adult content model, provided database behind Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine hydroxychloroquine studies" quo vadis?? 😱
“An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist. Another employee listed as a marketing executive is an adult model and events hostess.”
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company | World news | The Guardian - by on Great bit of real journalism.
As I said: the Lancet study was not news. I still can’t tell you what’s wrong with the study (the data isn’t available). It just smelled wrong. Train your nose.
This story is bonkers. // Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
“Scientific publication must above all be rigorous and honest. In an emergency, these values are needed more than ever”
Big props to for pointing out what should have been more obvious to more people.
Not happy with creating the anti-vaccine movement the same way, looks like carpet-bagging, credulous chump Richard Horton at the lancet has been fucking up the international response to COVID by publishing dodgy studies. Great reporting by the Guardian.
This is kind of fraud is going to keep happening until open science becomes the default. Peer review as currently constructed can only improve studies that are submitted in good faith; it’s less useful for detecting outright fraud. #openscience #Covid_19
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company | Medical research | The Guardian
The "Hydroxychloroquine is bad" study being retracted on completely fraudulent data is an absolute scandal and I can't believe I haven't seen more about this on my feed.
Misleading headline: "Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company" Govts and actually changed policy on basis of a large peer-reviewed study in leading medical journal - which may be flawed
It keeps going on the #hydroxychloroquine observational study for #COVID19 in and another study in the with 2 expression of concerns all linked to Surgisphere data. Can't make this up 🤦‍♂️ I am sure there will be more to come.
It's frustrating to read something like this, pointing out so many red flags post-publication that a reasonably skeptical reader should have noticed. Article says some of the co-authors are now having a look at the data! Seems a bit late, no?
Is it possible that a tiny US company was able quickly to generate fraudulent data on Covid 19, repeatedly published in major medical journals?
Tiny US-based company Surgisphere provided suspect data, they claimed came from >1000 hospitals. These formed the basis for papers in and , that, in turn, informed policies by and various governments. Read story in 👉🏼
Lancet & WHO heading for a major embarrassment. Hydroxychloroquine article is based on suspicious data and authors. Excellent story by must investigate and apologize
'Until Monday, the “get in touch” link on Surgisphere’s homepage redirected to a WordPress template for a cryptocurrency website, raising questions about how hospitals could easily contact the company to join its database.'
Murkier and murkier. Journalists (not scientific reviewers) find potential flaws in #Covid_19 studies already acted upon internationally. A need for “serious reflection on whether editorial and peer review during the pandemic has been adequate”.
Infuriating. While rightly obliterating surgisphere, this article also quotes one of the tech bros who were touting hcq on the back of no evidence back in Feb. But here he is presented as an expert, with no context.
Tämä muuttuu koko ajan yhä uskomattomammaksi 😮 Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
"Scientific publication must above all be rigorous and honest. In an emergency, these values are needed more than ever"
So, in other words, the Lancet & NEJM published studies that were completely fraudulent, based on made-up data. Wow
The number of articles that have made huge splashes, led to policy choices, and then been almost immediately challenged, revised and reversed during this pandemic is becoming absurd.
"Surgisphere, whose employees appear to include a sci-fi writer and adult content model..." Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Next time they say “trust the science,” remember this: Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company | World news | The Guardian
The truth behind the decision by to halt trials of the "controversial drug" #hydroxychloroquine... Btw...#WorldHealthOrganization announced on Wednesday that those trials would now resume. || via
Lol we’re all gonna die
Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine and WHO taken in by hydroxychloroquine studies from a company whose employees include a sci-fi writer and adult content model.
Whatever your take on hydroxychloroquine, it's staggering to consider that urgent research was halted during a pandemic because of one group's academic fraud
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company - Lancet and NEJM now questioning their data behind hydroxychloroquine studies.
Here we go. That Lancet study on hydroxychloroquine may well be retracted. Folks, many scientists *warned* about this study as soon as it was published. Peer review catches most crap, and we also catch what gets through. Wait. Listen. Don't sensationalize.
This Surgisphere story is wild. It reminds me of the time that I thought a new antibody test had been FDA approved, but it was April Fool’s Day, and the company’s board of directors was made up of cats. (The cat company’s results weren’t published.)
Wat vorige week nog een wild gerucht was, lijkt steeds meer waarheid te bevatten:
AS I WAS SAYING
Stop everything you’re doing and read this
If true, this is a legitimate scandal.
Very sad to see that the world's COVID-19 response might have been derailed by a fraudster who lied about the data, about data analysis, and about his own and his company's credentials.
The chloroquine wars remain one of the weirder subplots of this whole thing
Alongside the expression of concern and reviews from and need to also review the launch of a rapid 'diagnostic' by Surgisphere
Is this an isolated case? Or is trolling and disinformation working to disrupt the scientific process more broadly? This would be a terrifying new front in the war on truth. Fortunately, peer review still appears to be working.
Leading medical journals and their ... expressions of concern: Is peer review still alive?
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
This story is important on multiple levels. Among other things, it shows how quick smart folks can be to embrace dubiius studies that support their priors.
This is the part of the story when you start to feel sad for the people involved. So much of this hcq story, in general, is about human failings. Maybe all of it. Hopefully we can get some closure to this issue soon.
If Trump turns out to be right about hydroxycloroquine, the APA needs to declare a national emergency, so that between now and Nov. 3 all philosophers are working 24/7 on explaining the difference between knowledge and true belief
Surgisphere, a healthcare data analytics corporation, is to thank for the confusing mess about #chloroquinine. reports that the CEO surgeon has been named in 3 malpractice suits.
While waiting the proper data investigation, several questions need to be asked about scientific integrity and competition of journals to publish high impact research - Governments and WHO changed #Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Scientific sloppiness at the WHO: "Governments and changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company"
Hard to imagine a company whose three employees include a science fiction writer and an “adult content model” would publish an unreliable medical study
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Epic data fraud: Surgisphere: governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine hydroxychloroquine studies based on data from small, suspect data analytics company
Halting research on a treatment for a novel virus to #resist Drumpf
20/ @ 59:30: Re: Surgisphere fiasco . Prasad: peer-review is built on a foundation that submissions are truthful – it’s not very good at identifying fraud. But plenty of flashing red lights here, with a company no one had heard of having a massive data set.
Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work in treating COVID-19 but the other story is that #surgisphere who supplied data and is affiliated with hundreds of hospitals appears to be entirely bogus.
There are no shortcuts with data. If the data (and the way they are aggregated) sound to good to be true, then they probably are… #COVID19 #Surgisphere
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Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
The Lancet's response came only after NEJM's actions made continued downplaying (and that non-correction) completely untenable. The consequences are staggering and in my view should resign.
Has even a single hospital come forward to say that it shares its data with Surgisphere? If so, I haven't seen it.
We should not back scientific horses and cheer if the other nag stumbles. It shouldn’t need saying, but it does: none of this means that xchloroquine is proven. We don’t know that yet and won’t until we have reliable data and RCTs #COVID19 #Surgisphere
In the major retraction of Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine hydroxychloroquine studies, importance of #digitalhealth literacy not just for patients but also the medical research community too is clear.
A possibly sham health database with serious policy repercussions had a website that linked to a...
Just another part of the *ahem* "biggest science policy failure for a generation"
Good to see the papers are being investigated. (Although unclear if would have happened without media raising concerns.) That part isn’t a sign of flawed science but of the scientific process working as it should, revising & learning.
Surgisphere founder quote: “There continues to be a fundamental misunderstanding about what our system is and how it works” < looks like this will turn out to be true but not in the way he intends
4/ The #Surgisphere back story is Fifty Shades Of Weird.
FFS. Slow science people! If someone offers you quick data, it's almost bound to be too good to be true. That said, should not change caution around hydrochloroquine. Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
audits never end
Well this appears to be pretty embarrassing for everybody involved
Surgisphere: governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company < if one couldn't really grasp the levels of ridiculous incompetence , one more to the list #COVID19
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Well, that's a mess. Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
People previously commented on unprecedented productivity #COVID19 research & how quickly research results R shared -- this CANNOT come @ expense of scientific rigor, ethics & ↓↓ peer-review standards *ThankYou* 2 4 earlier report
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Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Even more reason for research data to be open, both human & machine readable, and reproducible. Also see from :
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
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I mean, if something seems to good to be true, it probably is! Seriously tho, this is quite worrying and could have already cost lives: Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company