Nissen Hissy Fit

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  • 05/31/2007
"Nissen points to his outspoken criticism of Cox inhibitors including Celebrex -- a Pfizer product -- at the time he was the principal investigator for a Pfizer clinical trial."

Can anyone find any criticism of Celebrex by Nissen? Here is the full extent of Nissen's whining in advance of his Nightline puff piece tonight....

Here is a contemporary account of who was outspoken and when:

"Following the decision to pull Vioxx from the market three years later, Topol continued to publicly criticize Vioxx-maker Merck for its slow response and for its decision to put the dangerous drug on the market in the first place. Dr. Nissen, however, was less vocal.

Subpoenaed in the first federal Vioxx trial in November 2005, Dr. Topol gave a three-hour videotaped deposition attacking Vioxx and accusing Merck of scientific misconduct. Less than a week after that deposition, Topol lost his position at the Cleveland Clinic.

There is one other important point to note here: At the same time Dr. Topol was being demoted, his past partner in protest, Dr. Nissen, was being asked to lead the $100 million study into the safety of Celebrex. "

Nissen has also voiced support for Pfizer's new ad campaign for Celebrex (we do too!)

I guess silence is golden.

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