First Retraction In the Don Poldermans Case Reply

Retraction Watch reports the first formal retraction of a paper by Don Poldermans, the disgraced Dutch cardiovascular researcher.

  • Feringa HH, Elhendy A, Bax JJ, Boersma E, de Jonge R, Schouten O, Karagiannis SE, Schinkel AF, Lindemans J, Poldermans D. Coron Artery Dis. 2006 May;17(3):255-9. Baseline plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide is associated with the extent of stress-induced myocardial ischemia during dobutamine stress echocardiography.

Here is the text of the retraction:

Feringa HH, Elhendy A, Bax JJ, Boersma E, de Jonge R, Schouten O, et al. Baseline plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide is associated with the extent of stress-induced myocardial ischemia during dobutamine stress echocardiography. Coron Artery Dis 2006; 17:255–259.—A Committee established by the Board of Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands, that reported in September 2012, considers the reporting of the research by Feringa et al. to have been negligent and scientifically incorrect according to two criteria: the inclusion and exclusion criteria reported in the publication were not applied consistently, with the result that the patient population actually studied differs in material ways from the published description; and, there are material differences between the source documentation (the patients’ dossier), the case record form used in the study, the study database, and the publication. For this reason the article by Feringa et al. is retracted from publication.

In 2012 JACC issued a notice of concern about three papers co-authored by Poldermans, but those papers have not been retracted so far. I am not aware of any other retractions or similar notices of concern. However, the European Society of Cardiology has stated that it is performing an urgent review of the guidelines for perioperative beta-blockade following a report last summer that the guidelines– which relied heavily on discredited research by Poldermans– may be responsible for thousands of deaths each year.

Click here for my previous coverage of the Poldermans case.

 

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