The Boston Globe has reported that an anesthesiologist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. allegedly fabricated studies on post-surgery pain management.
“The investigation uncovered 21 published papers over 13 years…”
Dr. Steven Shafer, editor of the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, stated that, if the allegations are proven to be true, the case will be “the largest research fraud in anesthesia.”
Some of the drugs involved, Celebrex, Lyrica, and Neurontin, are made by Pfizer and it was learned that the company had given the doctor five research grants, and he was also one of their registered speakers. However, a Pfizer spokesperson stated that the company is, “not involved in the conduct of any of these independent studies or in the interpretation or publication of the study results.”
The doctor is currently on leave.
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www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/03/11/doctor_accused_of_faking_studies/ - Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff / March 11, 2009