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During the 1980s, after three decades of research, hundreds of different trials, and many successes and failures, aspirin as antidote to heart related issues was not statistically viable. In the eyes of the federal government, which had monitored the pharmaceutical market in some form or fashion since the Wilson Administration, there still was not enough evidence. All of this changed, when a relatively new technique called meta-analysis that was developed by a statistician, named Dr. Richard Peto, convinced the FDA and most of the cynics that the aspirin research was sound (Mann and Plummer in The aspirin wars: money, medicine, and 100 years of rampant competition. Knopf, New York, pp 318–320, 1991; Jeffreys in Aspirin: the remarkable story of a wonder drug. Bloomsbury, London, p 272, 2004). Now it was up to the FTC to try and curb the claims that were now being published in every newspaper, magazine, on the television, and eventually on the Internet. Finally, aspirin’s role as a preventive medication, which was supported by the majority of the medical community, had arrived.
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