Thimerosal - a case of non-disclosure in The Lancet
Helen Bedford and David Elliman continue to reassure us of the safety
of thimerosal/thiomersal. Remarkably the first (western) clinical study
into the safety of thimerosal was published in the Lancet only two years
ago: Pichichero et al 'Mercury concentrations and metabolism in infants
receiving thiomersal: a descriptive study' . No disclosure of competing
interests were made. In an earlier article for American Family Physician
Professor Pichichero made the following declaration:
"The author has received research grants and/or honoraria from the
following pharmaceutical companies:Abbott Laboratories, Inc.;Bristol Myers
Squibb Company; Eli Lilly and Company; Merck&Co.; Pasteur Merieux
Connaught; Pfizer Labs; Roche Laboratories; Roussel-Uclaf; Schering
Corperation; Smith Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals; Upjohn Company; Wyeth-
Eli Lilly and Company are, of course, the manufaturers of thimerosal
and several of the other companies use it in their products. It would
surely greatly have effected the credibility of this study if this had
been known when the article was published, and the fact that it was not
made known effects it even further.
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 Pichichero M E, 'Acute otitis media Part I. Improving diagnostic
accuracy, American Family Physician April 1, 2000: 61: 2051-6.
Parent of an autistic child
Competing interests: No competing interests