This was sent to me the other day via e-mail. I thought I would share this with everyone. > Big Pharma Researcher Admits to Faking Dozens of Research > Studies for Pfizer, Merck > By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor > > An update from http://www.lifeboat news.com > Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM > > It's being called the largest research fraud in medical > history. Dr. Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer's > speakers' bureau, has agreed to plead guilty to faking > dozens of research studies that were published in medical > journals. > > Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact > that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to > study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in > a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of > other doctors and researchers as "proof" that > Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. > There's only one problem with all this: No patients were > ever enrolled in the study! > > Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and > got it published anyway. > It wasn't the first study faked by Dr. Reuben: He also > faked study data on Bextra and Vioxx drugs, reports the Wall > Street Journal. > > As a result of Dr. Reuben's faked studies, the > peer-reviewed medical journal Anesthesia & Analgesia was > forced to retract 10 "scientific" papers authored > by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21 articles > written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have > apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted. > > After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. > Reuben has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will > require him to return $420,000 that he received from drug > companies. He also faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and > a $250,000 fine. > > He was also fired from his job at the Baystate Medical > Center in Springfield, Mass. After an internal audit there > found that Dr. Reuben had been faking research data for 13 > years. (http://www.theday. com/article/ > 20100...) > > Business as usual in Big Pharma > > What's notable about this story is not the fact that a > medical researcher faked clinical trials for the > pharmaceutical industry. It's not the fact that > so-called "scientific" medical journals published > his fabricated studies. It's not even the fact that the > drug companies paid this quack close to half a million > dollars while he kept on pumping out fabricated research. > > The real story here is that this is business as usual in > the pharmaceutical industry. > > Dr. Reuben's actions really aren't that > extraordinary. Drug companies bribe researchers and doctors > as a routine matter. Medical journals routinely publish > false, fraudulent studies. FDA panel members regularly rely > on falsified research in making their drug approval > decisions, and the mainstream media regularly quotes > falsified research in reporting the news. > > Fraudulent research, in other words, is widespread in > modern medicine. The pharmaceutical industry couldn't > operate without it, actually. It is falsified research that > gives the industry its best marketing claims and strongest > FDA approvals. Quacks like Dr Scott Reuben are an important > part of the pharmaceutical profit machine because without > falsified research, bribery and corruption, the industry > would have very little research at all. > > Pay special attention to the fact that the Anesthesia & > Analgesia medical journal gladly published Dr. Reuben's > faked studies even though this journal claims to be a > "scientific" medical journal based on peer review. > Funny, isn't it, how such a scientific medical journal > gladly publishes fraudulent research with data that was > simply invented by the study author. Perhaps these medical > journals should be moved out of the non-fiction section of > university libraries and placed under science fiction. > > Remember, too, that all the proponents of pharmaceuticals, > vaccines and mammograms ignorantly claim that their > conventional medicine is all based on "good > science." It's all scientific and trustworthy, they > claim, while accusing alternative medicine of being > "woo woo" wishful thinking and non-scientific > hype. Perhaps they should have a quick look in the mirror > and realize it is their own system of quack medicine > that's based largely on fraudulent research, bribery and > corruption. > > You just have to laugh, actually, when you hear pushers of > vaccines and pharmaceuticals claim their medicine is > "scientific" while natural medicine is > "unproven." Sure it's scientific -- about as > scientific as the storyline in a Scooby Doo cartoon, or as > credible as the medical license of a six-year-old kid who > just received a "let's play doctor" gift set > for Christmas. Many pharmaceutical researchers would have > better careers as writers of fiction novels rather than > scientific papers. > > For all those people who ignorantly claim that modern > pharmaceutical science is based on "scientific > evidence," just give them these three words: Doctor > Scott Reuben. > > Drug companies support fraudulent research > > Don't forget that the drug companies openly supported > Dr. Scott Reuben's research. They paid him, in fact, to > keep on fabricating studies. > > The drug companies claim to be innocent in all this, but > behind the scenes they had to have known what was going on. > Dr. Reuben's research was just too consistently > favourable to drug company interests to be scientifically > legitimate. If a drug company wanted to "prove" > that their drug was good for some new application, all they > had to do was ask Dr. Reuben to come up with the research > (wink wink). "Here's another fifty thousand dollars > to study whether our drug is good for post-surgical pain > (wink)." > > And before long, Dr. Reuben would magically materialize a > brand new study that just happened to "prove" > exactly what the sponsoring drug company wanted to prove. > Advocates of western medicine claim they don't believe > in magic, but when it comes to clinical trials, they > actually do: All the results they wish to see just magically > appear as long as the right researcher gets paid to > materialize the results out of thin air, much like waving a > magician's wand and chanting, "Abra cadabra... let > there be RESEARCH DATA!" > > Shazam! The research data materializes just like that. It > all gets written up into a "scientific" paper that > also magically gets published in medical journals that fail > to ask a single question that might exposed the research > fraud. > > I guess these people believe in magic after all, huh? Where > science is lacking, a little "research magic" > conveniently fills the void. > > The whole system makes a mockery of real science. It is a > system operated by criminals who fabricate whatever > "scientific evidence" they need in order to get > published in medical journals and win FDA approval for drugs > that they fully realize are killing people. > > What is "Evidence-Based Medicine?" > > The fact that a researcher like Dr. Reuben could so > successfully fabricate fraudulent study data, then get it > published in peer-reviewed science journals, and get away > with it for 13 years sheds all kinds of new light on > what's really behind "evidence-based > medicine." > > The recipe for evidence-based medicine is quite simple: > Fabricate the evidence! Get it published in any mainstream > medical journal. Then you can quote the fabricated evidence > as "fact!" > > When pushers of pharmaceuticals and vaccines resort to > quoting "evidence-based medicine" as their > defense, keep in mind that much of their so-called evidence > has been entirely fabricated. When they claim their branch > of toxic chemical medicine is based on "real > science," what they really mean is that it's based > on fraudulent science but they've all secretly agreed to > call it "real science." When they claim to have > "scientific facts" supporting their position, what > they really mean is that those "facts" were > fabricated by criminal researchers being paid bribes by the > drug companies. > > "Evidence-based medicine," it turns out, hardly > exists anymore. And even if it does, how do you know which > studies are real vs. which ones were fabricated? If a > trusted, well-paid researcher can get his falsified papers > published for 13 years in top-notch science journals -- > without getting caught by his peers -- then what does that > say about the credibility of the entire peer-review science > paper publishing process? > > Here's what is says: "Scientific medicine" is > a total fraud. > > And this fraud isn't limited to Dr Scott Reuben, > either. Remember: he engaged in routine research fraud for > 13 years before being caught. There are probably thousands > of other scientists engaged in similar research fraud right > now who haven't yet been caught in the act. Their > fraudulent research papers have no doubt already been > published in "scientific" medical journals. > They've been quoted in the popular press. They've > been relied on by FDA decision makers to approve drugs as > "safe and effective" for widespread use. > > And yet underneath all this, there's nothing more than > fraud and quackery. Sure, there may be some legitimate > studies mixed in with all the fraud, but how can we tell the > difference? > > How are we to trust this system that claims to have a > monopoly on scientific truth but in reality is a front for > outright scientific fraud? > > Keep up the great work, Dr Reuben > > Thank you, Dr Scott Reuben, for showing us the truth about > the pharmaceutical industry, the research quackery, the > laughable "scientific" journals and the bribery > and corruption that characterizes the pharmaceutical > industry today. You have done more to shed light on the true > nature of the drug industry than a thousand articles on > NaturalNews. com ever could. > > Keep up the good work. After paying your fine and serving a > little jail time, I'm sure your services will be in high > demand at all the top drug companies that need yet more > "scientific" studies to be fabricated and > submitted to the medical journals. > > You may be a dishonest, disgusting human being to most of > the world, but you're a huge asset to the pharmaceutical > industry and they need you back! There are more studies that > need to be fabricated soon; more false papers that need to > be published and more dangerous drugs that need to receive > FDA approval. Hurry! > > Because if there's one place that extreme dishonesty is > richly rewarded, it's in the pharmaceutical industry, > where poisons are approved as medicines and fiction is > published as the truth. > > Sources for this story include: > http://www.nbcconne cticut.com/ > news/... > > http://blogs. wsj.com/health/ 2010/01.. > . > http://www.medpaget oday.com/ > Public > > http://www.theday. com/article/ > 20100...
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