This is the story of guidelines for the use of beta-blockers during heart surgery. The guidelines turn out to be a con perpetrated by a man who used bogus figures in his research paper and has been 'sponsored' by Big Pharma for some time.
Where are the press, tv and investigative journalists?
Here's Dr Malcolm Kendrick's summary:
Don Polderman’s also had financial conflicts of interest with Merck, Pfizer, Novartis and Medtronic. To name but four. (One conflict of interest statement can been seen here).
Anyway, here is a summary of what has happened:
Don Poldermans had financial conflicts of interest with several pharmaceutical companies
Con Poldermans carried out corrupt research, supporting the use of pharmaceutical products
Don Poldermans was the chairman of an ESC committee that recommended widespread use of drugs to protect the heart during surgery
Widespread use of drugs to protect the heart during surgery has killed 800,000 people over 5 years in Europe (alone)
The paper outlining the scale of deaths has been pulled by the ESC