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Faking Studies is Really Not Cool… March 11, 2009

Filed under: Medical Ethics?,Pharma — aprasek @ 6:52 pm

Ick. Yuck. Gross. Crap like this leaves a seriously bad taste in my mouth:

But the latest news is particularly eye-popping: A prominent Massachusetts anesthesiologist allegedly fabricated 21 medical studies involving major drugs. Yikes.

Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., has asked several anesthesiology journals to retract the studies, which appeared between 1996 and 2008, the WSJ reports. The hospital says its former chief of acute pain, Scott S. Reuben, faked data used in the studies.

Read more from the WSJ blog…

Though Mr. Reuben obviously had no problem deceiving the public, I’m not so sure he’s the only guilty one in all this. It was reported that Pfizer funded some of Reuben’s research and Pfizer also paid Reuben to speak on behalf of some of their drugs. Pfizer provided a statement to the WSJ saying, “It is very disappointing to learn about Dr. Scott Reuben’s alleged actions.”

Cue the skepticism…Was Pfizer really in the dark about all this? Was Reuben just that personally motivated to please Big Pharma that he gave them “good” studies without any extra compensation or direction from his funders? I would bet that there are at least a few names and corporations that were aware of the lies. Hopefully, there will be some serious investigation into these “alleged actions” to find out who the other dirty sell-outs are.

What do you think? Was Reuben alone in his lies?