Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Diabetes Drug And Conflicts of Interest

Last May, a controversial paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reported that a popular diabetes drug—rosiglitazone, sold under the brand name Avandia—substantially hikes a user's risk of heart attack.

But according to an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Avandia's maker, the Philadelphia-based GlaxoSmithKline, knew about the study before it was published.

The company was in possession of a leaked copy, courtesy of a scientist that NEJM had recruited for a peer review of the paper.

Read more at Science News Online
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