Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Is it safe to take Vioxx and Celebrex?

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that one man, Dr. Scott S. Reuben, "a prominent Massachusetts anesthesiologist," chief of staff at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, falsified data in 21 medical studies which "claimed to show benefits from painkillers like Vioxx and Celebrex."

Why would the good doctor do this? No answers seem to be forth coming as yet although Reuben "had been a paid speaker on behalf of Pfizer's medicines, and it paid for some of his research. ...

"Wyeth said it isn't aware of any financial relationship between the company and Dr. Reuben. [That isn't to say, of course, that there wasn't one] ... Merck had no immediate comment."

Baystate "has asked the medical journals to retract the 21 studies..."

Every day this question increases in importance: Who can we trust?

You can read the entire article here.

h/t to BS Alert

1 comment:

Grandpa Eddie said...

Are they safe? No!

Vioxx has already been proven bad for the heart, and Celebrex really isn't any better.

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