10 of 32 FDA drug advisers had ties to pharmaceutical industry. No way, that wouldn't be right....would it?
The article states: Ten of the 32 government drug advisers who supported the continued marketing of the pain relievers Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx have consulted in recent years for the drugs' makers, the New York Times reported on Friday.
Last week, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel said that Merck & Co Inc.'s . withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx was safe enough to rejoin Pfizer's pain relievers Celebrex and Bextra on the U.S. market after concluding that all three medicines posed some level of heart risk.
The Times article said that if the 10 [tainted] advisers had not cast their votes, the committee would have voted 12 to 8 that Bextra should be withdrawn and 14 to 8 that Vioxx should not return to the market.
Vioxx has been implicated in how many deaths?