Friday, January 25, 2008

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, Or Something Like That

Merck and Schering-Plough put out a release a few minutes ago responding to critics of ENHANCE and the trial results' fallout:

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. & KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck and Schering-Plough said today that they strongly object to mischaracterizations about the ENHANCE (Effect of Combination Ezetimibe and High-Dose Simvastatin vs. Simvastatin Alone on the Atherosclerotic Process in Patients with Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia) trial. “While the ENHANCE trial was time consuming and took longer than originally anticipated to complete, our companies acted with integrity and good faith in connection with the trial. We took numerous actions to assure the quality of the reading of the ultrasound images,” said Thomas Koestler, Ph.D., president, Schering-Plough Research Institute.
And from there it gets more defiant. So, dear readers, what do you think? Read the whole release. Is this an effective defense for Merck and Schering-Plough? Please take our poll:

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