Mass. doc accused of falsifying research
Anesthesiologist Scott Reuben, the former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., was charged with healthcare fraud for allegedly falsifying medical research conducted on behalf of Pfizer. The 653-bed hospital disclosed in March 2009 that it had discovered Reuben falsified results in 21 painkiller studies. The U.S. attorney focused on a $75,000 grant Reuben received from Pfizer in 2005 to study the effectiveness of the company’s pain drug Celebrex with patients after a particular type of surgery, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Reuben never actually enrolled any patients in the study, the government alleged in court documents, and then submitted positive results to the company and for publication in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia that “were wholly made up by Reuben and therefore false.” If convicted, Reuben faces up to 10 years in prison. His lawyers did not immediately return a call requesting comment.