Heartgard Plus Cover-Up
ConsumerAffairs.com reports that Merial LLC “extortionately fired” Dr. Kari Blaho-Owens after she refused to destroy documents questioning Heartgard Plus effectiveness.
From ConsumerAffairs.com: “In her suit against Merial LLC, the animal drug division of Sanofi Aventis, Dr. Kari Blaho-Owens says that she was hired in 2006 after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concern about reports of Heartgard Plus being ineffective in preventing heartworm in dogs.
Blaho-Owens said that after reviewing the situation, she became aware that Merial had known of the problem since at least 2002 but had done nothing to update its labeling to specify that Hartgard Plus was not 100 percent effective in preventing heartworm.
Blaho-Owens said that in one discussion, Dr. Felipe Dolz, at this time Director of Regulatory Affairs, U.S., said that a labeling change would put Merial at a marketing disadvantage compared to competitors’ products and that the company would prefer that FDA make the labeling change “product wide,” meaning that it would also apply to competitors’ drugs.
The suit alleges that internal studies conducted by the company were unscientific and used “cherry-picked” data to support the company’s contention that the product was safe was used as indicated.”
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