The Courts--A Challenge to Health Technology Assessment

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Science  09 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5425, pp. 203-204
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5425.203

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This paper discusses the use of legal means by industry to challenge the quality and credibility of research. Two cases in which a drug company sued to prevent publication of a report or blocked publication, and then sued a ministry of health for releasing the data used in the research, are described. These two unsuccessful actions were based on national laws, but in the future international treaties may be used to challenge health technology assessments. Being made legally responsible for research conclusions may have significant consequences for the assessment of health technology.