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[Correspondence] Lessons from the controversy over statins – Authors’ reply

Virginia Barbour states in her letter that, with respect to the submission to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in October, 2014, by a group of senior doctors and scientists, she had “recused myself because of a potential conflict of interest”. However, that is not strictly accurate; Barbour only recused herself in September, 2015, 8 months after she had adjudicated on the submission in January, 2015.