Lyrica, Bextra, Vioxx, and Celebrex are four major painkillers that received positive reviews in fabricated medical studies. If you take Wyeth’s antidepressant Effexor XR for depression, it is part of the false studies also. A truly sad day for pain management research.
We’ve followed plenty of controversies around drug trials, from ghostwriting to keeping quiet about unflattering results. But the latest news is particularly eye-popping: A prominent Massachusetts anesthesiologist allegedly fabricated 21 medical studies involving major drugs. Yikes.
Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., has asked several anesthesiology journals to retract the studies, which appeared between 1996 and 2008, the WSJ reports. The hospital says its former chief of acute pain, Scott S. Reuben, faked data used in the studies.
This follows on the heels of a complaint in February, by the Justice Department against Forest Laboratories involving the antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro. They claim that the drug company was hiding negative study results.