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A Closer Look (Drug Safety) #883009

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 17, 2008
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) A study that raised doubts about the effectiveness of a cholesterol-fighting drug, Vytorin, recalled.

(New York: John McKenzie) Questions about the long time it sometimes takes to release drug test results examined; details given about the research study on Vytorin completed in April, 2006, the statement from drug maker Merck quoted and how Schering-Plough tried to revise the outcome of the study. [Public Citizen's Health Research Group Dr. Sidney WOLFE†- says bad news gets out slowly.] [University of Pennsylvania medical school Dr. Brian STROM†- says Merck's explanation does not make sense.] [Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Jerry AVORN†- comments on the system.] Findings of a new review of the publication of "positive" versus "negative" anti-depressant studies cited.

Gibson, Charles;
McKenzie, John

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