Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: I am writing in response to
notification that original data from our recent JAMA article1 were previously published in a review article by Mathur.2
I was involved from the outset of the ziconotide trial, including the
design, collection, and analysis of data and the drafting of the initial manuscript.
Since 1995, I was a funded investigator on this study at Johns Hopkins University.
The initial draft of our manuscript was sent to Neurex/Elan (the sponsors
of our trial) by my coauthors and me around 1998, well before Dr Mathur, a
former employee of Elan, published her review in June 2000. Her submission
was sent without my permission or notification and without citing my coauthors
Staats PS. Notice of Duplicate Publication. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1681-1682. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1681-a