Is Nissen Manipulating the Media?

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  • 05/29/2007
Is the ANY self-examination on the part of the media in the wake of the way the NEJM, Nissen, Furberg and Psaty have colluded to push this false hysteria about Avandia on the public? In the wake of black boxes on SSRI's that are associated with a spike in teen suicides? Anyone?

Anyone reporting on this shoddy affair should read Steve Usdin's article in Biocentury on the Avandia article, Joseph Biederman's (a world expert on ADHD) letter to the NEJM (unpublished) after said journal allowed Nissen to continue his rampage against the use of stimulants to treat the disorder and previous reporting and political reaction to the initial finding of the Women's Health Initiative that taking Prempro (post menopausal women ages 50-79) had a 31 percent higher risk of stroke. PS Subsequent reanalysis of the WHI data showed lots of variation by subpopulation...something Nissen does not control for.

Here's a link to Biederman's scathing letter to the NEJM.....

And here's Nissen comparing ADHD drugs to ephedra....

"Closely related sympathomimetic amines, such as ephedra and phenylpropanolamine, have been deemed sufficiently risky that the FDA has recommended banning these agents to protect the public health."

Let's see if the media does it's job in the days leading up to the Waxman show trial....

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