David Gorski’s Cancelled Drug Trial Tainted By Institutional Conflict of Interest


Wayne State University oncology professor and “Science”Blogger David Gorski is a hypocritical and crooked “doctor” who should be fired, de-licensed and not allowed anywhere near patients. He should also be investigated for his social media role in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cover up of vaccine injury, a topic he squirms over when questioned about his lies publicly. And now, it is clear he had a conflict of interest in human subjects research at his university according to academic policy despite his denials.

Unfortunately, he has yet to get what he deserves as he continues to misrepresent his conflict of interest with Sanofi and the pharmaceutical industry while both smearing the parents of severely disabled children who were never the same again following vaccination and lying for the federal government that covers up that harm. Just recently, he spoke on the Skeptics Guide to the Universe – a podcast hosted by front group advisor Steven Novella – apparently upset at some recent critical coverage Gorski has been getting from NaturalNews. In the podcast, he complained of having talks with his supervisor at his job as a result of the NaturalNews reports.

Among the unflattering facts NaturalNews cited about Gorski is the six year old discovery by Autism Investigated’s editor that he has been conducting a since-withdrawn trial of Sanofi drug Riluzole, sponsored by his employer that was in a partnership with Sanofi. The finding led to a letter-writing campaign by concerned readers to Gorski’s employer informing them of the conflict, an event Gorski has complained about ever since. Yet despite his university apparently letting him off the hook and his repeat claims that he was not conflicted in any way, the Institutional Review Board policies of his employer say otherwise:

Institutional Conflict of Interest consist of two major types: (1) l Conflict of Interest involving University equity holdings or a royalty arrangement related to sponsored programs

The principal investigator Gorski is a professor at Wayne State. The trial sponsor Barbara Anne Karmanos Cancer Institute is affiliated with Wayne State, which was partnered with Sanofi. Whereas before Gorski did not disclose this conflict in human subjects research, he now misrepresents it as not being a conflict on his bio at “ScienceBasedMedicine” – a blog he edits.

On the clinicaltrials.gov website, the following is stated about Gorski’s now-defunct trial: “This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment. (Funding ended)”. According to the website, Gorski failed to enroll patients into his trial after two-and-a-half years of patient recruitment. Perhaps his reputation has something to do with it. A simple Google search of Gorski yields the following title on the first page: “David Gorski’s Financial Pharma Ties: What He Didn’t Tell You”. Any patient being recruited for Gorski’s trial who is curious about its principal investigator would no doubt see that headline and have concerns, and Gorski himself is undoubtedly aware of the potential for patients to find his blog.

The trial’s cancellation is remarkable in light of Gorski’s expressed hopes for it, suggesting Riluzole may prove to be as effective a treatment for breast cancer as surgery, radiation or chemo. That would certainly not be something a drug company would lack any interest in funding as Gorski had claimed about his research.

But even more remarkable is the hypocrisy as it relates to the ethical standards with which Gorski holds other doctors. He was a huge online cheerleader for the ruin of absolved British doctor Andrew Wakefield’s career, even though medical disciplinary findings against him that included conflict of interest and unethical research allegations were disproved.

Yet here we have Gorski not being up front about his own conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry in human subjects research on blogs that he knows could be written by the very patients he was trying to recruit for his Sanofi drug trial. Not only did he possess an undisclosed conflict of interest according to his own university’s IRB, but also according to the very medical disciplinary panel in the UK that yanked Dr. Wakefield’s license. Those guidelines make very clear that doctors should be up front to patients about potential conflicts of interest, including those of their employer. Gorski’s employer Wayne State was in a partnership with Sanofi that was probably worth millions while he was actively trying to recruit patients for his trial, yet nowhere was that mentioned on his public blog.

But these connections do not just conflict Gorski’s role in medicine and human subjects research, but also in medical education. On his academic bio, Gorski reveals that he encourages students to contribute to his online blog: 

As the managing editor of Science-Based Medicine (SBM), a weblog devoted to discussing the science of medicine, Dr. Gorski is very interested in science communication and critical thinking, and interested students are welcome to publish in SBM under Dr. Gorski’s guidance to hone their writing skills for lay audiences.

Little would his students know that his since-cancelled drug trial was tainted by an institutional conflict of interest that connected his employer Wayne State to the drug company Sanofi, the maker of Riluzole that Gorski was recruiting patients to a breast cancer trial on. While being misled into thinking they are honing their writing skills, they are merely providing content free-of-charge to an agenda-driven, corporatist blog edited by a doctor who was not upfront about his conflicts on his blog.

By not including his connections on his blog and continuing to misrepresent them, he continually misleads both students and patients about his competing interests. It is hardly surprising that such a dishonest hypocrite would help expand the CDC’s vaccine-autism cover-up to social media.

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39 Thoughts on “David Gorski’s Cancelled Drug Trial Tainted By Institutional Conflict of Interest

  1. Eddie Unwind on September 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm said:

    Look at comment #48 in the following link…


    …then decide for yourself the character of a person who would write something like that.

    • Can this be true?

      ORAC and FATA spread lies and propaganda to cover their tracks

      This is a direct quote of David Gorski while trolling the internet as “ORAC” from May of 2012:

      ‘Use emotional warfare on anti-vax blogs. Tell emotional stories full of tears and sobbing and unbearable grief and terror, about people in your own family or people you read about, who were sick with or died of terrible diseases. Don’t hold back details about bodily fluids and suchlike: the more gross the better. This stuff has a way of infiltrating the minds of readers and subtly influencing their decisions, in a manner similar to advertising.’ … ‘Go in there and “agree with them” and then say things that appear thoroughly delusional, overtly nuts, blatantly and obviously wrong even to nincompoops, etc. Occasional spelling and grammar errors are also useful but don’t over-do. The point of this exercise is to create an impression that drives away undecideds who may come in to check out these sites. It helps to do this as a group effort and begin gradually, so the sites appear to be “going downhill slowly.” …

      “But it is useful to have an email address that can’t be traced back, for certain legitimate and ethical uses, just as it is useful to have a mail box at say the UPS store.”

      Later on in his explanation of his deceit and propaganda strategies, he writes:

      “The way to fight it is by sabotaging the anti-vaxers with crazy stuff that drives away undecideds. The way to fight it is with emotional narratives that undermine the ones that the anti-vaxers are pushing.”

      • Eddie Unwind on September 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm said:

        RS –

        It certainly originated from RI. One might just as well attribute it to Orac since virtually the entire site appears to be bogus, and has only become more so of late. By far the majority of the opposing arguments seem to be formed by RI-created identities, allowing for Orac’s disciples to try and outdo each other via offering counter-arguments. Then the ‘defeated’ phantom identity simply ‘disappears’, or ‘morphs’ into some ostensibly newly-chosen identity that one of the RI personal then ‘unmasks’ via a bunch of ‘clues’ etc etc.

        It has become worse, to be sure. Perhaps these self-perpetuating techniques exist for the dual purpose of honing their skills of argument as well as creating more comments so as to grant an impression of increased popularity.

        Who knows? Who cares. It’s all a dead rubber. Ironically, Gorski almost certainly sees himself not primarily as a doctor, nor a scientist, but as an ideas man; an ‘architect’. He also has the capacity to project a kind of carnivalesque atmosphere through his writing, which infects his disciples.

        While he has the backing, I don’t see him being brought down too easily, save through his own doing; namely, his over-eagerness to humiliate, which will probably do him in eventually.

        In the meantime, Orac, his team, and the entire setup is simply too ludicrous than to be regarded seriously.

      • Lawrence on September 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm said:

        It would be better if you provided a link to that quote…because otherwise, I’m calling shennanigans.

      • Lawrence on September 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm said:

        Yeah, that’s not a direct quote from “Orac” at all – instead, it was a commentor who was immediately and quite voraciously smacked down for suggesting inappropriate behavor.

  2. Doug Troutman on September 2, 2016 at 1:43 am said:

    I always found it amazing that the busy doctors could possibly write all of that rubbish. I remember all of the crap he wrote about the Geiers. The drug companies created this guy. Back in the day he would have promoted cigarettes don’t cause lung cancer.

    • The fact that what he writes is crap is how he writes so much of it. The actual message is only a sentence long so he buries it deep in insults and ad hom to completely lose the reader and later plays the victim when there is any response. He is the ultimate cry-bully – much like feminists and the neurodiverse – and of course he sides with these people as well.

  3. Lawrence on September 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm said:

    So, it’s a conflict because you say it is?

    Because I don’t see anything in the study that talks about it….sounds like a baseless accusation.

  4. Eddie Unwind on September 4, 2016 at 12:38 am said:

    …with respect to Jake’s post I should rephrase the opening to ‘Conflicts of interest aside’ (which is of course quite an ‘aside’).

  5. Eddie Unwind on September 4, 2016 at 7:02 am said:

    Jake, while Lawrence is figuring on the upside of a person who fantasises about those who disagree with him as being chewed up toys, what are your thoughts on Orac’s recent post on LaHood? I would have thought it constituted libel.

  6. Lawrence on September 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm said:

    You mean someone criticizing 9/11 Truthers?

    Why would I have a problem with that?

  7. Many scientists note David Gorski as an anti-Christian bigot whose hobby is using a pseudonym to call other professionals who don’t use a pseudonym ignorant creationists, disgraces to their profession, flaming stupid…while worrying about his own Google reputation. The insults to parents who question vaccines is despicable. In the end I believe he will be remembered for inciting hate and harm.

    • Lawrence on September 6, 2016 at 1:04 am said:

      Questioning is one thing…ignoring basic science is something else entirely.

      • And hate is another thing entirely. What does hate have to do with science?

        When has hatred ever solved anything?

        David and those who comment on his site profess themselves to be the keepers of knowledge; the gate-keepers of science that they have no expertise in. Don’t they know that hatred makes them look ignorant and irrational?

        Perhaps not.

        • Well said, PQ. On the idea of labelling Creationists as ignorant, or flaming stupid, one could point to Raymond Damadian, Creationist and inventor of the MRI and holder of numerous patents. David and those at his site aren’t fit to lick Dr. Damadian’s boots.

          • Well, with Gorski, it would turn into a “No True Scotsman” fallacy.

            “Doctors and scientists don not believe in creationism,” says Gorski.

            But what about Raymond Damadian? He’s a scientist, inventor, and creationist.

            “Yes, but no true doctor or scientist believes in creationism…”

    • Narad on March 1, 2017 at 2:58 am said:

      He eats these too: http://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/440958/66dd.jpg

      He travels to Taiwan just so he can get these!

  8. Doug Troutman on September 5, 2016 at 11:20 pm said:

    Are Dave & Steve buddies with the amazing Randy?

  9. Hans Litten on September 6, 2016 at 11:24 am said:


    Another Vaccine “Bombshell” Glyphosate – Think Monsanto’s Roundup – Confirmed in Most Vaccines

  10. Hans Litten on September 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm said:

    Then there is this from the Brainwashing ,Bribery & Corruption Corporation :


    Uganda to jail parents over missed vaccinations

    Parents who fail to vaccinate their children in Uganda will face six months in jail, according to a new law signed by President Yoweri Museveni.

  11. Doug Troutman on September 6, 2016 at 7:19 pm said:

    The great Paul Offit shows up at the amazing Randy events. What a loser.

  12. Hans Litten on September 9, 2016 at 11:33 am said:

    Seems AoA does not want people to read this post !!!! sb277 legal status
    Why is that Mr Blaxhill ?


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  22. suzan beduzan on December 18, 2019 at 6:20 pm said:

    The guy is a breast specialist, for god’s sake. Smacks of perversion for a misogynist like him. Just sayin’

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