[Cz-biology] Merck proposal
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Wed Oct 31 05:04:47 CDT 2007
Although I quickly previously said it was a no brainer, I can see some
disagree. But what Gareth says fully expresses my opinion on this.
On 31/10/2007, Gareth Leng <gareth.leng at ed.ac.uk> wrote:
> Re Merck proposal
> I favour this idea strongly, as the Merck manual is an authoratative
> source of the kind of dense detailed pharmacological and chemical
> information that it is impractical to source extensive original
> references for.
> I should declare an interest; I have long had colaborative links with
> Merck and Co., and they have had a very long reputation as the epitome
> of an ethical pharmaceutical company.
> This was challenged certainly by the Vioxx affair. I'm not going to go
> into that here, but frankly in my view the idea that Merck behaved
> deliberately unethically is not sustainable, if only because it was
> inevitable that side effects if real would be recognised eventually,
> and so it was very much in their commercial interests to warn of them
> at the very earliest time to minimise the inevitable lawsuits. So far,
> courts have endorsed that view.
> Gareth Leng
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> Centre for Integrative Physiology
> School of Biomedical Sciences
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