Whistle-blowing doctor: My fight to speak the truth

David Cohen

English libel law was used to threaten me, but I had to speak out, says Peter Wilmshurst, the cardiologist sued for voicing safety concerns

Tell me about your libel nightmare with the US medical-device maker NMT Medical.
I was a principal cardiologist in a clinical trial to test whether using an artificial device to close a hole in the heart could help reduce migraines. NMT Medical made the device and sponsored the trial. During analysis of the trial results, I was concerned that important data were being omitted from the papers being prepared for publication, and that the data presented were inaccurate and skewed in favour of the device. I complained to the trial steering committee but important changes were not made. I decided to speak out and the company threatened to sue me.

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