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77Dr Jerry Bergman – 100 guaranteed approval on payday loans direct lenders Most of the known cases of modern-day fraud are in the life sciences. In the biomedical field alone, fully 127 new misconduct cases were lodged with the Office of Research Integrity (US Department of Health & Human Services) in the year 2001. This was the third consecutive rise in the number of cases since 1998. This concern is not of mere academic interest, but also profoundly affects human health and life. Much more than money and prestige are at stake—the fact is, fraud is ‘potentially deadly’, and in the area of medicine, researchers are ‘playing with lives’. The problem is worldwide. In Australia misconduct allegations have created such a problem that the issue has even been raised in the Australian Parliament, and researchers have called for an ‘office of research integrity

Kohn, A., False Prophets: Fraud and Error in Science and Medicine, Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 1988

Roman, M., When good scientists turn bad, Discover 9(4):50–58; 1986; p. 58

Campbell, P., Reflections on scientific fraud, Nature 419:417, 2002


‘just the tip of the fraud and misconduct iceberg. Investigators at the FDA run quick student loans no cosigner across so much shoddy research that they have quippy terms like “Dr. Schlockmeister” for a bad scientist, and “graphite statistics ” for data that flow from the tip of a pencil. Every year, as a quality-control measure, the FDA conducts investigations of key studies of researchers involved in getting new drugs to the agency for approval. “This is the last stop for drugs before they go public”, explains Alan Lisook, who heads the FDA investigations. “You’d think we’d get some of the cleanest science around.” But in 1986, when he analyzed the investigations of the previous ten years, Lisook compiled some shocking numbers. Nearly 200 studies contained so many flaws that the efficacy of the drug itself could be called into question. Some 40 studies exhibited not simple oversights but recklessness or outright fraud. In those ten years the FDA banned more than 60 scientists from testing experimental drugs, after finding that they had falsified data or engaged in inept research. As Sprague says, “something is clearly not working”.’


Roman, M., When good scientists turn bad, Discover 9(4):50–58; 1986; p. 58

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