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US consumer body calls for review of cholesterol guidelines

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:759
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    Cholesterol lowering guidelines issued in July by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) are being challenged by a consumer organisation that is petitioning the NIH to appoint an independent panel to review them.

    The petition, organised by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organisation funded by subscribers to its newsletter and by individual donors, has asked the NIH to “create an independent review panel free of conflicts of interest to review all the data in the five studies that led to [the July] update… If warranted, [the NIH] should issue revised conclusions.”

    The request follows the revelation that eight of the nine authors …

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