Statement from the National Institutes of Health on the WHIMS Study
The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS) is a sub-study
of the Women’s Health Initiative and is funded by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
The part of WHIMS that analyzed data for women on estrogen plus progestin
is now completed and it is our understanding that the data are undergoing
peer review. Peer review is the process whereby a panel of independent scientists
reviews the findings of a research study and assesses the quality and reliability
of the conclusions prior to journal publication. This review is a critical
step in ensuring that the medical profession and the public receive accurate
information. Therefore, the NIH will not comment on the study until a peer-reviewed
manuscript is made available.