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Reuters won’t face NEJM sanctions for cardiology meeting embargo break

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nejmReuters, which broke the embargo on two studies being presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting two weekends ago in New Orleans, will not face sanctions from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which had published the papers.

Apparently, Reuters contacted NEJM about the break when it happened. According to a note from NEJM’s manager of media relations and communications:

We queried Reuters about the circumstances surrounding the break and received the following from Heather Carpenter, Senior Director of Communications at Reuters:

“On Saturday, Reuters inadvertently released embargoed information related to studies of Medtronic Plc and Edwards Lifesciences Corp heart valves that were forthcoming in the New England Journal of Medicine. We have reviewed our internal processes and taken steps to ensure that we don’t repeat this mistake. We regret our error.”

We accept Reuters’ explanation.

At the time of the break, the ACC told reporters:

The ACC takes embargo breaks very seriously. We are continuing to look into what led to today’s break, and will be making decisions on how to proceed based on our media policies.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

March 25, 2019 at 8:00 am

Posted in nejm embargoes

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