Mass. doc ac­cused of fal­si­fy­ing re­search

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

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.

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