Major cardiovascular events associated with anti-IL 12/23 agents: A tale of two meta-analyses

Department of Dermatology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Electronic address: .
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Impact Factor: 5). 05/2013; 68(5):863-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.01.011
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