It’s been amusing to watch former Pfizer executive John LaMattina try to pick apart Ben Goldacre’s new book, Bad Pharma, a powerful indictment of the industry in which LaMattina used to work. This is not the occasion to get into the details of this battle, but as an aside let me just say that I would advise any representatives of the pharmaceutical industry to think very carefully before choosing to take on Goldacre.
What I want to focus on here is an assertion, accepted by both Goldacre and LaMattina, that is simply mistaken. LaMattina’s latest post is a response to a brief statement by Goldacre in his book that there has never been a head-to-head clinical trial comparing statins. Both writers accept this statement as a fact.
I think it is very curious that neither Goldacre not LaMattina remember the PROVE-IT TIMI 22 trial published in NEJM in 2004.