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Suspect Drug Research Blamed for Massive Death Toll

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Science  31 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6170, pp. 473-474
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6170.473

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An article published earlier this month on the website of the European Heart Journal claimed that European guidelines on the use of β blockers in surgery patients are flawed because two of the trials underpinning them were led by a researcher who was fired for misconduct in 2011. As a result, 800,000 people may have died, according to the paper, which was removed from the journal's website less than 48 hours after publication.