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Loosening Drug Firms' Grip on Medical Data

Commentator John Abramson was a family doctor for 20 years. As he observed his patients asking for new drugs they saw on TV commercials, he started investigating the existing research on some of those drugs.

Abramson found discrepancies between the articles about Vioxx and Celebrex in two of our nation's most respected medical journals -- the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. But he had trouble convincing his patients to switch medications.

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