U.S. FDA Tried to Block Vioxx Results: Lawmaker

Posted by Clark Venable on 10/12/2004

U.S. FDA Tried to Block Vioxx Results: Lawmaker:

""U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials pressured an agency safety official to keep quiet or water down his findings that the now-withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx was dangerous to the heart, a leading Senate Republican charged on Thursday.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said he interviewed FDA scientist David Graham as part of the committee's probe of how the agency handled the Merck & Co. Inc. drug, which the company pulled a week ago.

According to a statement from Grassley, Graham said he had been "ostracized" and subject to "veiled threats" and "intimidation" from within the FDA when he tried to get his research published in the weeks before Merck acknowledged Vioxx's risks.""

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