Diabetes drug and conflicts of interest

By Janet Raloff, 15:58 PM April 15, 2008

So much for confidential peer review.

Last May, a controversial paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reported that a popular diabetes drug—rosiglitazone, sold as Avandia—substantially hikes a user's risk of heart attack (SN: 6/23/07, p. 397). But according to an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Avandia's maker knew about the study before it was published. The company—Philadelphia-based GlaxoSmithKline—had a leaked copy, courtesy of a scientist that...

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