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Another Wakefield paper retracted

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 3, 2010

Yet another Andrew Wakefield paper has been retracted. After the Lancet retracted his 1998 paper that started the unreasonable MMR scare, the results of which we’re still dealing with, and after being struck from the the UK medical register, now the American Journal of Gastroenterology has retracted a 2000 Wakefield paper based on the same 12 children that the 1998 study was based on. Here is the text of the AJG retraction:

Retraction: Enterocolitis in Children With Developmental Disorders

A J Wakefield, A Anthony, S H Murch, M Thomson, S M Montgomery, S Davies, J J O’Leary, M Berelowitz and J A Walker-Smith

Am J Gastroenterol 2000; 95:2285–2295

On 28 January 2010, the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel raised concerns about a paper published in the Lancet by Dr Wakefield et al. (1). The main issues were that the patient sample collected was likely to be biased and that the statement in the paper, that the study had local ethics committee approval, was false. There was also the possibility of a serious conflict of interest in the interpretation of the data. The Lancet has now retracted this paper (1). This paper in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG) (2) also includes the 12 patients in the original Lancet article and therefore we retract this AJG paper from the public record.

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