Monday, January 19, 2015

Observe research misconduct. File complaint. Wait years. Repeat.

Up here in the north, the folks in charge don't like to give you a simple no.  Instead, they prefer to wear you down with delays, excuses and meaningless form letters.  It has been over a year since I first asked the University of Minnesota IRB Executive Committee to investigate possible misconduct in studies of an unapproved antipsychotic drug called bifeprunox; over eleven months since I followed up with more information about the studies; and over seven months since KMSP News broadcast an alarming report concerning a vulnerable subject harmed in the study. Yet I still have not been told whether the misconduct has been investigated, and if so, what the investigation concluded.

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