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Friday, June 25, 2010

Doctor gets 6 months for research fraud

Doctor gets 6 months for research fraud
By Associated Press | Friday, June 25, 2010 | | Local Coverage
BOSTON — A Massachusetts doctor has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for faking his published research into the post-surgery effectiveness of some painkillers.

Scott Reuben, the former chief of the acute pain clinic at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, was also sentenced on Thursday to three years of probation, ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and make restitution of about $362,000 to the companies that provided his research grants.

The 51-year-old anesthesiologist from Longmeadow pleaded guilty in February to health care fraud.

The hospital found that Reuben misrepresented findings in 21 studies dating to 1996, and at least 13 of his studies published in professional journals were retracted.

His lawyers have said Reuben suffered from bipolar disorder.

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