An influential study which found anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine raised the risk of cardiac issues has been retracted by its three authors.
The study, published on May 22 in the UK's prestegious Lancet medical journal, relied on bogus data from a company called Surgisphere, which would not transfer the full dataset for an independent review, and "can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources."
While the company that produced the original data, Surgisphere Corp., had signaled that it would cooperate with an independent review, it ultimately reneged and said doing so would violate confidentiality agreements, wrote the study authors. “As such, our reviewers were not able to conduct an independent and private peer review,” the authors said. -Bloomberg
Notably, the World Health Organization halted trials of the drug, only to reverse course after the Lancet issued a major disclaimer regarding the study.
It wasn't just the WHO who used it to knock HCQ either - as the study was heavily relied upon by the left to mock President Trump for taking the drug.
The entire study was fake. Congratulations on using garbage science from con artists to scare sick people away from potentially life-saving treatment. Hope the dank anti-Trump burns were worth it. https://t.co/Gq27Z0FFcz— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 4, 2020
"We all entered this collaboration to contribute in good faith and at a time of great need during the Covid-19 pandemic," said the authors. "We deeply apologize to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused."
The Party of Science™ lied about science. https://t.co/TarOn9JpZV— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) June 4, 2020
Birx, Fauci, and the corrupt media who peddled this fake study from a washed-up sci-fi author and a cam girl owe the entire nation an apology. How many people died from lack of treatment because our nation's "experts" once again got duped by con artists?? pic.twitter.com/bflRhyS2oy— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 4, 2020