"This is a pretty seismic event," Lancet editor Dr. Richard Horton, who was not involved in the research for the article. "It undermines the very purpose of WHO."
Seismic, indeed. (But is it seismic enough to make the pages of Consumer Reports?)
WHO's Director of Research Policy Dr. Tikki Pang said that some of his WHO colleagues were shocked by The Lancet's study, but he acknowledged the criticism had merit, and explained that time pressures and a lack of both information and money sometimes compromised WHO work.
"We know our credibility is at stake," Pang said, "and we are now going to get our act together."
Who's in charge over there? The Great Ballantine?
Here's the rest of the story:
Evidence? We don't need no stinking evidence -- as long as our results provide back-up for evermore restrictive national formularies.