I've been following this one, as have a number of physicians I correspond with, including a fairly well-known cardiologist.
Statement from The Lancet
Today, three of the authors of the paper, "Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis", have retracted their study. They were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis. As a result, they have concluded that they "can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources." The Lancet takes issues of scientific integrity extremely seriously, and there are many outstanding questions about Surgisphere and the data that were allegedly included in this study. Following guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), institutional reviews of Surgisphere’s research collaborations are urgently needed.
The retraction notice is published today, June 4, 2020.
If you recall this original paper was allegedly a very large retrospective analysis of Hydroxychloroquine (and Chloroquine) for the treatment of Covid-19. It found that the treatment was not only worthless but dangerous.
There were serious and obvious problems with the data set and reported incident rate. The Lancet published the paper anyway, believing that its "review" was in fact appropriate and factually-based. Whether that was willful blindness or just simple laziness doesn't matter.
The fact of the matter is that there is no rational explanation that does not include some kind of intentional misconduct; who committed the misconduct simply is a function of figuring out who to ruin to ash and scatter, given the avoidable mortality that was incurred. It is simply beyond reasonable belief that the sort of data discontinuities that I and others noted were in the realm of honest error, and in any event honest error is supposed to be discovered by the review process before publication.
When called on the obvious issues the data sourcing organization refused to provide the original data, the contacts from which the data was collected and could be verified through, and also their alleged original audit report.
They claimed this was due to "client confidentiality" agreements.
Oh really? So what was the intention of the clients?
Who were they? Name them.
And why wasn't the data source integrity verified prior to the original publication?
This isn't over and it is not a matter of simply "retracting" this alleged study. There is very strong evidence of intentional misconduct here that spans far more than one organization. It it appears at first blush to be both multi-party and intentionally organized. Given the amount of money involved in managing to obtain "on-patent" drug approvals which would be instantly torpedoed by literal dime-a-pill alternatives that work at least as well or better, and I remind you that Ivermectin, an extremely common and very cheap anti-parasitic drug used in both humans and veterinary practice appears to also have activity as a coronavirus treatment, with early results coming from places where they don't have a lot of money, such as India, with words such as "astonishing" being used to describe effectiveness.
In short between the CDC data, which certainly appears to show that Covid-19 may not have killed many if any who were not weeks to a couple of months from death anyway (we shall know this with certainty around the end of the year, but the pattern sure looks that way right now) and the repeated apparent evidence of intentional false results being published this, along with the "ventilator" nonsense and pre-ordering vaccines that haven't been proved to work yet needs to be run down as a potential medical and pharmaceutical system-wide Racketeering enterprise. After all who wants or needs a vaccine if you can take a dozen 10 cent pills if you get sick with the same odds of preventing any serious outcome as getting jabbed in the arm with something that is unlikely to provide permanent immunity anyway. The entirety of that process, including the US Government's and Donald Trump's personal involvement, appears to be an out-and-out fraud.
Incidentally the NEJM just retracted a study with the same data source firm implicated, also related to Covid-19. This one attempted to "clear" the use of drugs targeting ACE and ARB, widely used for high blood pressure among other things. There was plenty of reason to believe these drugs might worsen a Covid-19 infection due to how Covid-19 attacks cells and as such, along with the extremely wide use of these drugs, makes such findings of extremely high importance. Being wrong about this is likely to kill people. Again, there are plenty of people and firms who wanted a finding of "no harm" and had both professional and financial reasons for that outcome, and they got it. Now that "finding" has been withdrawn as well.
The number of false claims made about this disease thus far literally boggles the mind and they appear to be made for both political and economic purposes. In short it appears that while the bug is certainly real and for some people quite dangerous when looked at analytically, including intentional obstruction of functional, inexpensive medications we allowed our economy to be ruined by a scam that has now been turned into a looting operation far greater than the Floyd riots -- in fact, a looting operation that is still ongoing and which counts the damage, including the Fed and Congressional "handout" jubilee to the favored few, in the trillions.
Why isn't Bill Barr looking into the command and control structure of these looters and locking them up?