Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Who's Sorry Now? Not Feeling So Good Edition

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.)

University of Texas Health Science Center professor of epidemiology Steven Haffner, MD, explained to Nature: "Why I sent it is a mystery. I don't really understand it. I wasn't feeling well. It was bad judgement."

Brian Vastag writes in Nature that Haffner faxed the article 17 days ahead of publication to GSK's Alexander Cobitz, whom he had worked with on an earlier trial of Avandia. What happens from there is unclear--though it's not like GSK effectively got out in front of the news, the 17-days head start may have helped them provide a relatively prompt interim analysis of its RECORD study, which was published in the NEJM in June to try to stop the bleeding.

We will likely have more on this later, once the dust settles. For now, we bring you another edition of "Who's Sorry Now?"

1 comment:

bmartinmd said...

It'd be interesting to know if Haffner was an NEJM peer reviewer for the RECORD article, as well.

B. Martin, MD