Dr. Scott Reuben, a Massachusetts anesthesiologist, was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to the fabrication of data in a research study.
Reuben admitted to providing false data for a pain management study he performed for Pfizer, Inc. It was later discovered that he had fabricated data in several studies, dating back to 1996. Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA stripped him of educational and research duties after this discovery.
Reuben's defense claimed that his undiagnosed bipolar disorder made him unable to prevent his wrongful behavior.
This example highlights the need to take some caution when relying on research studies, and for medical facilities to monitor the research conducted by members of their staff.