Really Really Sorry

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  • 11/30/2006
Let me remind everyone that Dr. Graham's famous memo on Vioxx did not adequately control for prior cardiovascular illness, obesity, hypertension or mixture thereof and that notwithstanding Grahama found a 1.47 relative risk of a significant cardiac event for low-dose Vioxx usage and 3.58 for high-dose Vioxx usage compared to current use of celecoxib, though the smaller number was not statistically significant, and relative risk compared to other populations was not statistically significance.

Further, it should be pointed that two advisory committees, one conducted by the FDA and another in Canada determined that Vioxx be returned to market. Dr. Graham's presentation at the FDA advisory committee was not as warmly received as the posterior polishing he received during his Senate presentation.

Do I apologize for logging on to our site to see the fake Graham posting and then responding from Israel and then rushing out to spend time with my family without reading the subsequent correction? Absolutely. Do I apologize for calling him a sad sick individual for equating the FDA with Nazi's when in fact he did nothing of the sort. Of course and it sickens me that someone would write some that disgusting using his name or anyone elses. While I strongly disagree with Graham and his approach, no one deserves such treatmen.

Does it bother me that Graham's lawyer implies that I had reckless disregard for the facts and didn't take the time to see if there were an explanation instead of posturing like an aggrieved victim...kind of. Will the threat of a lawsuit stop me from criticizing Dr. Graham in the future if that was the goal?

You be the judge.

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