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Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Drug company rewrites entry on Wikipedia

AstraZeneca deleted references to claims that taking Seroquel carries a risk for teenagers: they will be more likely thinking about harming or killing themselves when taking this drug. The deleter was a user of a computer shown to be registered to the drug company. The FDA proposed that makers of antidepressants including AstraZeneca update their text to include warnings over increased risk of suicidal thinking in young adults.
Dr Shock read this while in Scotland in The Times.
Wikipedia Scanner -- the brainchild of Cal Tech computation and neural-systems graduate student Virgil Griffith -- offers users a searchable database that ties millions of anonymous Wikipedia edits to organizations where those edits apparently originated, by cross-referencing the edits with data on who owns the associated block of internet IP addresses. This program cannot identify the individual behind the computer but it can identify the computer and the network it is on.
Other misuse of Wipipedia is on Godlike productions.
Would like to find some more pharmaceutical companies but the site is down, to many interested readers or drug companies again?

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