Celebrex Fraud Docs Reveal Deception at Pfizer
Arthritis drug-maker was 'cherry-picking' data, says employee
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2012 1:46 PM CDT
Bottles of Celebrex sit on a shelf at a pharmacy in Chicago, Illinois.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A federal judge has unsealed documents in a long-running fraud case against Pfizer, maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex—and selected quotes are none too pretty. "They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker," wrote a research director at Pfizer, which had said Celebrex was safer for the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But Pfizer was only using data from 6 months of a yearlong study. The drug giant was "cherry-picking the data," said a company medical director.

Pfizer defends its actions, saying many participants dropped out of the study and biased later results, the New York Times reports. Whatever the case, several pension funds filed the current lawsuit in 2003, arguing that revelations about the flawed study hurt stock values. Meanwhile, Pfizer's critics say the company is dawdling on research into Celebrex's heart risks, because so much is at stake: The drug is a bestseller, banking more than $2.5 billion in 2011 alone.

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Ultraworld
Jul 1, 2012 2:41 PM CDT
I was prescribed this for my arthritis because I had a Dr who was afraid of prescribing opiates. This stuff made me feel agitated, angry & my stomach hurt like hell. I went to another Dr who described Celebrex as Poison being marketed to the elderly with stomach problems, it made them worse. He told me never to take it again no matter what any Dr says. It did shit for my pain btw.
brady51h
Jun 26, 2012 12:59 AM CDT
I wonder about Pfizers testing of Celebrex, I had 3 TIA's within months after starting Celebrex.
user99
Jun 25, 2012 6:36 PM CDT
Isn't misleading the public what pharmaceutical companies do best? Or maybe it was misleading the government, or maybe it was misleading the doctors, or maybe it was misleading the insurance companies....