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Medical journal accused by GSK

8th June 2007

The head of a UK-based pharmaceutical group has criticised a leading medical journal for “mixing science with politics� in publishing articles attacking its diabetes drug Avandia.

Jean-Pierre Garnier, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, criticised New England Journal of Medicine papers raising safety concerns with Avandia which he said were “smearing the drug.� As the GSK share price continued to fall, he was speaking as GSK mounted a fresh defence on the safety of Avandia during hearings in Washington triggered by the NEJM’s article last month suggesting an increased risk of heart attack associated with the drug.

 

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