China vows to clamp down on academic fraud amid medical journal scandal

BMJ 2017; 357: j2970
Author: Jane Parry
“China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has said that it is investigating the case of 107 papers from China retracted by the journal Tumor Biology in April this year and that it has “zero tolerance” for academic fraud. The papers were retracted after the journal’s publisher, Springer, conducted a manual screening that showed that the authors had submitted papers with fake email addresses for reviewers.”
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Two Medicare Advantage Insurers Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit For $32 Million

KHN, 30 May 2017
Author: Fred Schulte
“Two Florida Medicare Advantage insurers have agreed to pay nearly $32 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged they exaggerated how sick patients were and took other steps to overbill the government health plan for the elderly.”
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Pelvic mesh devices hit by allegations of research fraud, experimental surgery on thousands of women

SMH, 14 March 2017
Author: Joanne McCarthy
“Pelvic devices developed in Australia from the 1980s and 1990s are at the centre of a global medical scandal that includes regulatory failure, and allegations of research fraud and experimental surgery on women in multiple countries.”
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Florida dermatologist who falsely diagnosed hundreds of cancer cases gets $18m fine

BMJ 2017;356:j853
Author: Owen Dyer
“A Florida dermatologist who falsely told hundreds of his patients that they had skin cancer so he could bill for unnecessary treatments, including radiation, must pay $18m (£14.5m; Ä17m) to settle fraud claims made against him by the US government and a whistleblowing local doctor.”
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Are Chiropractors Backing The Anti-Vaccine Movement?

Forbes, 10 December 2016
Author: Bruce Y Lee
“Today Andrew Wakefield was a keynote speaker at the International Chiropractors Association’s Annual Conference on Chiropractics and Pediatrics in Maui, Hawaii. Yes, the same Andrew Wakefield, who in 2010 was stripped of his medical license in the United Kingdom for ethical violations and failure to disclose potential financial conflicts of interest, The same Wakefield who published a subsequently discredited and retracted study in The Lancet linking vaccines to autism that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) described as an “elaborate fraud”. The same Wakefield who produced and directed an anti-Vaccine “documentary” film ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ that pushed conspiracy theories about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and vaccines. The same Wakefield who has not been able to provide scientific evidence to support his claims. Is this really the best way for a professional association and a conference to gain scientific legitimacy?”
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Disgraced Canadian researcher faces criminal charges for fraud

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4699
Author: Caroline White
“Ranjit Kumar Chandra, the disgraced Canadian researcher who lost his libel case last summer against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which had accused him of research fraud and financial deception, is to face criminal charges for defrauding the publicly funded Ontario Health Insurance Plan.”
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