CSM should rethink its approach for such announcements

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7030.576a (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:576
  1. Sarah Stewart-Brown,
  2. Celia Pyper
  1. Director Associate member Health Services Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,—Klim McPherson estimates that in making its announcement when it did rather than waiting until all the relevant studies of third generation oral contraceptives had been published, the Committee on Safety of Medicines saved one life and prevented 80 cases of venous thrombo-embolism.1 Our concern is not with the timing of the announcement in relation to the publication of peer reviewed papers or with the committee members' appraisal of the research evidence but with the manner in which the committee communicated the information …

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