Nature reports today that a peer reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine leaked to GlaxoSmithKline that big old Avandia meta-analysis that has been the bane of their existence since it was released in May 2006. (Our coverage of the Avandia debacle can be found here.)
- Steven Haffner to NEJM: Sorry I leaked the Avandia study, but i had a serious cold that day.
- Senator Grassley's office to Nature: Sorry we broke your embargo on the Avandia news today, but we aren't feeling so hot today ourselves.
- American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology to patients: sorry we forgot to disclose our potential financial ties to Merck and Schering-Plough, but there's a wicked flu going around the office.
- Phillies to Mets: Sorry you're spending all that money on Santana, but you're still not winning the NL East this year. Cough.