Jarvik may have used body double in ads

February 7, 2008 6:31:11 PM PST
Dr. Robert Javrik, the pioneer cardiac scientist, may have used a more athletic body double to sell the cholesterol drug Lipitor.

More details are emerging on the inventor of the artificial heart - and his role as pitchman for a popular cholesterol drug.

ABC News has learned that Dr. Robert Jarvik was paid one-point-3 million dollars for making ads for Lipitor.

And congressional investigators believe those shots of Jarvik rowing were done with a body double to be more athletic-looking.

A congressional committee wants to know if Jarvik, or Pfizer, the maker of the ads, misled people.

Jarvik has a medical degree, but has never had a license to practice medicine.


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