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CAUT Bulletin Archives

November 1998

Sick Kids Hospital Sets Up Inquiry into Drug Study

The Hospital for Sick Children has agreed to a three-person committee of inquiry into the Dr. Nancy Olivieri case. Apotex Inc. withdrew Dr. Olivieri's research funding and threatened her with legal action when she wanted to publish findings critical of a new drug developed by the pharmaceutical company. Previously the hospital had announced the appointment of Dr. Arnold Naimark, former president of the University of Manitoba, as the sole investigator to conduct the inquiry. Dr. Olivieri and other concerned researchers, alleging a conflict of interest, demanded that the hospital set up an independent inquiry by at least three investigators. Bowing to mounting pressure, the hospital announced on Oct. 20 that two more members would be added to the panel. The two individuals, yet to be named at press time, will be chosen by Dr. Naimark.The report from the committee of inquiry is due by Nov. 30.