Friday, June 4, 2010
WHO exaggerated H1N1 Threat, Potential COI issues
Two separate European reports criticized the WHO for exaggerating the H1N1 threat and failing to disclose pharmaceutical conflicts of interest. The first report was from the Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (say that three times) and looked at the pandemic response and the second was from BMJ and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and looked at the 2004 guidelines which were written by three experts with financial ties to Roche and GlaxoSmithKline. Washington Post article (here), BMJ+BIJ (here), Council of Europe article (here) and pdf of Council of Europe report (here). I wonder if N95 manufacturers are getting nervous?