Was Committee on Safety of Medicines' advice arrived at lawfully?BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7020.1640 (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1640
- Andrew H Watt
- Director Medicines Assessment Research Unit, Medical School, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB9 2ZD
EDITOR,--Michael Rawlins seeks to defend the Committee on Safety of medicines' recent advice on third generation oral contraceptives.1 Prescribers should be aware that the committee's published advice may not have been arrived at lawfully because of questions regarding process and whether the advice was disproportionate and beyond the committee's authority.
Consideration of the issue seems to have been hasty and not based on all relevant data. Spitzer et al's analysis was made available on 9 October and Jick et al's manuscript on 11 October, and members of the …