CBS News last night proclaimed the drug peramavir as a “lifesaving drug” for serious cases of H1N1 infection.
Lines from the story:
“Experts caution its too early to see Peramivir as a miracle drug, but there’s no doubting the drugs connection to some miraculous results.”
“Human clinical trials in the U.S. and Japan have called Peramivir safe and effective.”
But not one shred of evidence was provided.
Instead, the story used the framing that the FDA was dragging its feet – as the website subheading read: “Doctors Say Intravenous Drug Peramivir Effective in Serious Cases; But It’s in Trials and FDA Makes Few Exceptions”
Folks: it’s the trials that determine benefits and harms. Not hyperbole about people being deprived of a wonder drug. Data – evidence – is what counts, and CBS didn’t provide any in this story.