Judge Orders Wyeth Papers Unsealed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of thousands of pages of documents pertaining to the ghostwriting practices of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson ordered the papers unsealed on Friday at the request of a medical journal and The New York Times.

The case involves about 8,000 hormone therapy lawsuits that are combined for pretrial purposes before Wilson. The lawsuits focus on whether Wyeth hormone therapy drugs Prempro and Premarin have caused breast cancer in some women.

Wyeth has already turned over the documents, which it says concern about 40 articles in medical journals and other publications, to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Grassley sought them last year without a subpoena as part of a congressional investigation into drug-industry influence on doctors. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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