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AP technical glitch unintentionally breaks JAMA Avastin study embargo

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An AP story on a JAMA study about beleaguered cancer drug Avastin broke the 4 p.m. Eastern embargo by several hours today when it appeared on at least one site thanks to a technical glitch.

The story on “Treatment-Related Mortality  With Bevacizumab in Cancer Patients”  showed up on the Taiwan News site sometime before 2 p.m Eastern. JAMA/Archives spokesperson Jann Ingmire tells Embargo Watch:

AP has called to confess that some faulty software caused the story to get out early.  AP is contacting the websites to ask them to take the stories down. It was not an intentional break.

It’s unclear where else the story appeared before the embargo lifted, but Taiwan News did not take it down.

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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