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USA Today posts story on approval of diet drug Qnexa too soon, retracts it

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USA Today has yanked back a story about a diet drug’s approval by the FDA — because the FDA hasn’t actually approved the drug yet.

The FDA is scheduled to announce its decision on the subject of the story — Vivus’ Qnexa — today. The decision has been closely watched.

The story, headlined “New diet drug helps heavy patients lose 10% of weight,” includes a lot of reporting, including comments from the president of Vivus about a change in name from Qnexa to something else. (I’m leaving USA Today that apparent scoop, although others might not.) It was posted on the Salem, Oregon’s Statesman Journal at 12:16 p.m. today, presumably Eastern, since it was taken down before the West Coast arrived at 2 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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Circulation breaks its own embargo on non-nutritive sweeteners statement, forcing early lift

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The American Heart Association (AHA) has lifted the embargo early on a statement in one of their journals after learning that the journal, Circulation, had published the paper and tweeted about it before the 4 p.m. Eastern embargo was scheduled to lift.

Larry Husten, at CardioBrief, broke the news about the early lift in his post on the statement, Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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Another chink in the Ingelfinger armor? Arsenic life talk forces Science to release paper early, without embargo

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As this post goes live, so too go live two Science papers refuting the heavily criticized “arsenic life” paper published in the journal in 2010. (If you’re not familiar with the findings, I’d recommend Carl Zimmer’s excellent work on this subject, which he gathers here. You can read about the various embargo issues involving NASA and Science here.)

Embargo Watch readers may realize there’s something unusual about that.
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Written by Ivan Oransky

July 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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Confusion as JNCI yanks press release on embargoed breast density-cancer study after authors see error

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An unusual note went out to reporters on the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) press list yesterday:

Please disregard this MTM, which was sent out on Friday June 29, 2012.  The data in the study changed so we are no longer putting out a press release for the study.

The original release was headlined:

Percent Density May Be As Strong a Risk Factor as Variation in Breast Density for Breast Cancer

MTM stands for “memo to the media.” What wasn’t clear was whether the new notice meant the release was being pulled back, or the study itself, but the JNCI press office said it was just the release.

But the Mayo Clinic’s Celine Vachon told Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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German edition of “The Local” breaks PNAS embargo on “fluffy dinosaurs” accidentally

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A German edition of an English-language international news site unintentionally broke the embargo on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of feathers and dinosaurs earlier today.

The study was embargoed until 3 p.m. Eastern, but The Local’s story went live at 17:17 Central European Time, almost four hours earlier.

Ann Griswold, of the PNAS news office, tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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