UPDATE – Aaaand a week later… “Critical elements of leading Alzheimer’s study possibly fraudulent” July 24th, 2022
Alzheimer’s Research UK having a stall and a couple of people at the Co-op -a young woman holding up an orange and as her practiced opening gambit asking me what’s the connection with Alzheimer’s? “Diet, class,” I say after some stupid joke about “I forget”, explain that it’s all linked, around life chances, nutrition, living conditions, stimulation etc etc
It turns out that they are shilling for an American drug that has had FDA approval so that it becomes available on the NHS.
I explained my reservations, my sense of danger for Alzheimer’s Research UK: they end up looking like salespeople for the drug company and then if the drug doesn’t work, they’ve tanked their credibility.
But it’s also incredibly difficult because people don’t give money to charities. And along comes Big Pharma with an open chequebook. It’s really hard to say no to that….