Hormone therapy challenged

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January 24, 2009


If a model of airplane crashed more often than expected, what would happen if the manufacturer funded new guidelines saying the data on crashes had been reanalyzed, and short trips are perfectly safe (HRT Safe To Treat Menopause, MDs Say - Life, Jan. 23)? Would The Globe report "Airplane Safe For Short Trips, New Guidelines Say" without going into detail on the source of the funding for the guidelines?

The six authors of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada guidelines declare 59 conflicts of interest involving drug companies, mainly as speakers, consultants and advisory board members. Would the guidelines have been so critical of evidence of harm of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had they been independent?

Read the full story in the Globe and Mail.

Read a related story by Sharon Kirkey.