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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3413

Two members of group looking at WHO’s response to flu pandemic resign: Two members of the independent expert committee examining the role of the World Health Organization in the swine flu pandemic have resigned, citing concerns that their close association with WHO’s work during the H1N1 pandemic could be seen as inconsistent with the committee’s independent role. They are John MacKenzie, professor of tropical infectious diseases at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, and Tony Evans, chief of aviation medicine at the International Civil Aviation Organization.

German drug regulator rejects rosiglitazone: The German Federal Joint Committee, which recommends reimbursement for drugs, told health insurance companies not to reimburse for the antidiabetes drugs rosiglitazone (Avandia), pioglitazone (Actos), and others in the glitazone group. The drugs increase sensitivity to insulin but have been associated with …

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