Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Can a psychiatrist bill for a visit with a dead research subject?

At the University of Minnesota, apparently the answer is “yes.” Have a look at the following exchange between Chris Barden, an attorney representing Mary Weiss, the mother of Dan Markingson, and Charles Schulz, the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. The exchange starts around page 207 of the original deposition transcript, which corresponds to page 186 on Scribd.

Q. Okay. Doctor, I want to call your attention to -- all right. See at the top there where it says check date of 17 October 2005, right?

A. Yes.

Q. And it says, "Sponsor: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP," correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay, and it says, "Site: Stephen Olson," has a number for him, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay, and at the bottom it says, "Regents of the University of Minnesota," and it's Quintiles, Wachovia Bank check for $30,622, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. I'd like to call your attention to the patient visit about two-thirds of the way down, patient ID No. 13. Were you aware that's Dan Markingson's number?

A. No.

Q. Okay, and then you see a visit ID was visit 19. Do you see that?

A. Yes, I do.

Q. Do you see the date was May 8, 2004.

A. I do see that.

Q. And do you see the payment was made for $1,446 on that day for that visit?

A. For that line, I saw, yeah.

Q. For that visit?

A. Uh-huh.

Q. Yeah. Does that date ring a bell to you? Are you familiar with any of the dates in this study?

A. No.

Q. Yeah. Dan Markingson was deceased on that day.

A. Okay. Sorry.

Q. So he really didn't have a visit 19.

A. Okay.

Please consider signing the petition to investigate this death.

1 comment:

  1. Unbelievable!!! These research profiteers don't miss a trick do they, when it comes to making a buck.

    Keep up the good work in exposing these frauds.