I have a couple of stories, which are doing the rounds, just now. The first concerns the ongoing saga of GSK's smearing/intimidation of John Buse, apropos the Avandia business (is "scandal" too strong a word?):
Senate Report Alleges GSK Intimidation Over Avandia Claims
Perhaps it's worth quoting a couple of little snippets from this Report:
The effect of silencing this criticism is, in our opinion, extremely serious. At a July 30, 2007, safety panel on Avandia, FDA scientists presented an analysis estimating that Avandia caused approximately 83,000 excess heart attacks since coming on the market. Had GSK considered Avandia’s increased cardiovascular risk more seriously when the issue was first raised in 1999 by Dr. Buse, instead of trying to smother an independent medical opinion, some of these heart attacks may have been avoided.
Even more troubling, documents reveal that plans to silence Dr. Buse involved discussions by executives at the highest levels of GSK, including then and current CEO Jean-Pierre Garnier. Also, GSK prepared and required Dr. Buse to sign a letter claiming that he was no longer worried about cardiovascular risks associated with Avandia.
And so on, and so on, and so on...
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