Despite their recidivism, one would hope that Schering Plough and Merck realize that they have not chosen an appropriate path yet again. Albert Einstein defined insanity as:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.If everything is against you, bully your critics. If critics aren't fooled, argue "data quality". I'll discuss the discreditable "data quality" defence and the statistics of data quality in clinical trials later. I have extracted the various data quality excuses forwarded by Schering Plough. These are unlikely to stand up to any form of serious scrutiny.
The full WSJ article (link below) is worth a read. In the meantime, the executives involved may want to listen to the 1970's song 'Epitaph' by King Crimson.
Epitaph (UTube here or here, full lyrics here)
Knowledge is a deadly friend
When no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see
Is in the hands of fools.
Confusion will be my epitaph.
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back
But I fear tomorrow Ill be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow Ill be crying.