Friday, June 17, 2005

New Book on "Olivieri Affair"

The NY Times reviewed a new book on what may be called the "Olivieri affair," one of the most notorious cases of research suppression from the late 1990's. The case, which involved allegations that the Canadian drug manufacturer Apotex attempted to suppress results of Olivieri's research which showed that the drug , defirapone, or L1, had unexpected adverse effects, was investigated by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, who issued an extensive report. The book, The Drug Trial, by Miriam Shuchman, apparently takes a revisionist approach, and is much more critical of Olivieri's role in the case than previously published reports. (See also this article on the book from MacLeans.) I haven't read the book so can't comment on its contents.

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