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GMC drops case against man accused of submitting incorrect data about heart device to medical journal

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7391 (Published 01 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7391
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The case against a consultant cardiologist charged by the General Medical Council with submitting an abstract to a conference with data he knew were wrong has collapsed after a ruling that the complainant was not an impartial witness.

Michael Mullen of the Heart Hospital in London is one of two doctors who took part in the MIST (Migraine Intervention with STARFlex Technology) trial who faced misconduct allegations at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). The charges followed a complaint to the GMC by the principal co-investigator, Peter Wilmshurst, an honorary consultant cardiologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.1

The trial of a device for closing patent foramen ovale in treating migraine hit the headlines when Wilmshurst was sued for defamation by its manufacturer, US based NMT Medical, over comments he made to a reporter at a cardiology conference in the US about the conduct of the clinical trial. The case collapsed when the company went into liquidation.2

Mullen’s counsel Stephen …

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