PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Measures and Countermeasures: How to Evaluate Attempts to Address Funding Bias

I argue that industry-funded areas of science are best conceived of as an "asymmetric arms race." Such a dynamic is typified by a series of moves and countermoves between competing parties. In the case of regulation (government or private) of industry-funded science, this dynamic occurs between those who seek to make practice more responsive to good evidence and those whose primary motivations are instead commercial in character. I explore the FDA’s recent approval of Flibanserin (popularized as “the female viagra”) as an example of this dynamic and then elaborate how the arms race picture changes how to evaluate science/regulatory policy.

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Bennett Holman    
Underwood International College
Yonsei University


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