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The incident described in this story is one that has been repeated
again and again in the history of scientific research. It is just human
nature for a man in a position of power to try and protect his reputation
(and his research money) in this way, annoying and sad though it is.
It is a shame that the Professor can't be honest about his mistakes.
We all make them. It's just a matter of saying 'Ooops' and working out
what effect this has on the trial.
What someone, preferably not the manufacturers of the drugs, should
do now, before the mainstream press descend in droves, is make some clear
statement about what effect this has on our knowledge of the safety and
reliability of the drugs. The last thing we need is panicking patients
ditching their medication without any real need.