News article on report about drug researcher was biasedBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.612/a (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:612
- Elie Betito, director, public and government affairs
- Apotex, 150 Signet Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9L 1T9
EDITOR—I wish to draw attention to an error in an article by Spurgeon.1 The drug company Apotex was sponsoring research into a new drug, deferiprone, and terminated a contract with one of the researchers because of several matters, but not as a result of her publishing her claims about the investigational drug.
The researcher declared her intention to publish her claims only after the company had terminated her contract. Had Spurgeon contacted other parties involved in this controversy he would have realised that the information …