This past Friday, January 15, 2010, the FDA issued an announcement regarding a criminal information/charge being filed by the United States Department of Justice against Dr. Scott Reuben. The details of the charge are contained in the official announcement of the DOJ - The United States Department of Justice – United States Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts.
In essence, here is the nature of the charge:
The Information alleges that REUBEN solicited and obtained research grants from pharmaceutical companies to perform research studies on pain management, often associated with various surgical procedures, but that he did not actually perform the research studies. Instead he made up patient data, submitted it to medical journals and caused false articles to appear in a number of medical journals.
If convicted on this charge, REUBEN faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
As the DOJ correctly notes, this is only a charge against Dr. Reuben. To use its words, “The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”
It does make you wonder, however, just how carefuly so-called ‘peer reviewed’ articles and research papers ARE scrutinized and ‘reviewed.’