A CANADIAN appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision denying a pharmaceutical company's motion to block publication of a health technology report that the company contends may damage its commercial interests.
In December 1997, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada Inc sued the Canadian Coordinating Office of Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA) to prevent the release of its summary report on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The company contends that the report contains "negligent misstatements" that could negatively affect the sale of its drug Pravachol (pravastatin).
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