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Complaint Letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs Regarding the Unethical CHAMPION PHOENIX Clinical Trial

January 7, 2016

View letter to Office of Research Oversight as PDF.

View letter to Office of Inspector General as PDF.

View Press Release.

Public Citizen called on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Research Oversight to investigate the unethical CHAMPION PHOENIX clinical trial, which involved three VA medical centers. The trial needlessly increased the risk of death, heart attack and other adverse cardiac events for subjects placed in the control group of the trial by exposing them to substandard care. In a separate letter to the VA's Office of Inspector General, Public Citizen called for an investigation into whether the inappropriate care provided to subjects in the CHAMPION PHOENIX trial extended to clinical care of patients who did not participate in the trial.

January 19, 2016, Initial acknowledgment letter from the VA Office of Inspector General

October 26, 2016, Final response letter from the VA Office of Research Oversight.

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