Doc accused of healthcare fraud
A Massachusetts-based doctor, Dr Scott Reuben was accused of one count of healthcare fraud. According to the U. S. Department of Justice on Thursday the doctor was charged with fraud in federal court in Boston.
He faked medical research studies, some of these studies were even published in medical journals.
He allegedly accepted a grant of $75,000 from Pfizer to conduct a research on Celebrex’s effectiveness for a 2005 study.
His research suggested that painkillers have post-surgery benefits. However, for concluding these findings he allegedly did not enroll any patient, a U. S. Department of Justice news release stated.
Reports also state that information about Pfizer's Bextra and on Merck's Vioxx given by him proved bogus.
About 10 papers were taken back by “Anesthesia & Analgesia” that were written by Reuben wrote. Medical experts also informed that 21 journal articles by Ruben were fabricated.
Reuben was working as the chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and after the hospital got to know that he was inventing data for the past 13 years he was let go in March last year.
Reuben will plead guilty and would also have to give back assets of $50,000 he derived from bogus research.
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