"A research program that condones or allows that kind of recruitment and inclusion deserves thorough investigation, and perhaps shutting down. The University wants to limit the investigation they have been forced into to remain limited to the program now – not what happened then. That allows Dr. Olson to continue to aver that they did "nothing wrong" and Dr. Schultz to make tapes like the one above selling that academic programs [his academic program] as the right places to do clinical trials. That should be true, but in this case, it wasn’t. This was not research misconduct lite – this was the real deal and what has been happening is, by any measure, a cover-up extraordinaire."
If you have not been following Nardo's blog posts on the Markingson scandal, it is time to start. Today's post gets right to the heart of the issue.
And don't forget to scroll down to the comments by Bernard Carroll, former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University, who writes: "We might even go further and say that Dan Markingson was viewed as a commodity and a means to obtain funding. Meeting the protocol conditions took precedence over sensible clinical decisions… it’s not as though there were no warning signs leading up to his death."