DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO RESEARCH FRAUD
HOW DISGUSTING!!!! A lead researcher and pioneer in multimodal analgesia , Dr. Scott S. Reuben, has plead guilty to research fraud. He has been caught FALSIFYING over 20 studies, published over the past 12 years. Most of these studies have to do with pain killing medications including, Vioxx, Celebrex, and Pregabalin or otherwise known as LYRICA. In addition to FRAUD, this Doctor (I use that term loosely) has also committed forgery. At least one other physician has come forward to attest to his name being used on studies that he had nothing to do with.
Yourspine.com has an interesting article on this case, and states that it was “Reuben’s idea of adding Lyrica and Neurontin to the mix.” when it comes to pain, and being a better alternative to opioids. (Does this sound familiar to any of you?)
Anethesiology News Online has an article that states this about Dr. Reuben – “His research has provided support for several mainstays of current anesthetic practice, such as the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and neuropathic agents instead of opioids and preemptive analgesia. Dr. Reuben has also published and presented data suggesting that multimodal analgesia can significantly improve long-term outcomes for patients”
THESE STUDIES WERE FALSIFIED!!!
WHO WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS?!?!?
What an EVIL thing to do, and what a horrible breach of trust. WE as pain patients TRUST in what our Doctor’s and Specialists think is best for our treatment.. THAT information filters down to them after going through MANY channels. This man lied to every Doctor, scientist, researcher, pharmacist, and PATIENT out there for over a DOZEN YEARS!!
I am absolutely infuriated and disgusted. I am in shock really… think of the magnitude of damage this man has caused. This is a giant leap BACKWARD in health care as well….
Dr. Reuben faces up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine….. I don’t know if that is enough to tell you the truth…. this man was playing Russian roulette with THOUSANDS of lives…. Sentencing is scheduled for May 24, and it will be interesting what comes of this case.
If you are on any of the medications listed in these articles, and it causes you concern or worry PLEASE speak with your Doctor. Some of these studies has altered how chronic pain is treated as a whole – scary, isn’t it?
Please feel free to pass the link to my post along to your readers if you have a Chronic Pain blog. And I will be following this story as it progresses…. Incomprehensible!!!
Again, what a horrendous breach of TRUST…It makes you ponder what is happening in YOUR health care treatment!