by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
February 18, 2010
It's being called the largest research fraud in medical history.
Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer's speakers' bureau, has
agreed to plead guilty to faking dozens of research studies that
were published in medical journals.
Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr.
Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in
2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has
since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as
Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical
recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were
ever enrolled in the study!
Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it
It wasn't the first study faked by Dr. Reuben: He also faked study
Vioxx drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal.
As a result of Dr. Reuben's faked studies, the peer-reviewed medical
journal Anesthesia & Analgesia was forced to retract 10 "scientific"
papers authored by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21
articles written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have
apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted.
After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. Reuben
has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will require him to
return $420,000 that he received from drug companies. He also faces
up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
He was also fired from his job at the Baystate Medical Center in
Springfield, Mass. after an internal audit there found that Dr.
had been faking research data for 13 years.
Business as usual in Big Pharma
What's notable about this story is not the fact that a medical
researcher faked clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry.
It's not the fact that so-called "scientific" medical journals
published his fabricated studies. It's not even the fact that the
drug companies paid this quack close to half a million dollars while
he kept on pumping out fabricated research.
The real story here is that this is business as usual in the
Dr. Reuben's actions really aren't that extraordinary. Drug
companies bribe researchers and doctors as a routine matter. Medical
journals routinely publish false, fraudulent studies.
members regularly rely on falsified research in making their drug
approval decisions, and the mainstream media regularly quotes
falsified research in reporting the news.
Fraudulent research, in other words, is widespread in modern
medicine. The pharmaceutical industry couldn't operate without it,
actually. It is falsified research that gives the industry its best
marketing claims and strongest FDA approvals. Quacks like Dr Scott
Reuben are an important part of the pharmaceutical profit machine
because without falsified research, bribery and corruption, the
industry would have very little research at all.
Pay special attention to the fact that the Anesthesia & Analgesia
medical journal gladly published Dr. Reuben's faked studies even
though this journal claims to be a "scientific" medical journal
based on peer review. Funny, isn't it, how such a scientific medical
journal gladly publishes fraudulent research with data that was
simply invented by the study author. Perhaps these medical journals
should be moved out of the non-fiction section of university
libraries and placed under science fiction.
Remember, too, that all the proponents of pharmaceuticals, vaccines
and mammograms ignorantly claim that their conventional medicine is
all based on "good science."
It's all scientific and trustworthy,
they claim, while accusing alternative medicine of being "woo woo"
wishful thinking and non-scientific hype. Perhaps they should have a
quick look in the mirror and realize it is their own system of quack
medicine that's based largely on fraudulent research, bribery and
You just have to laugh, actually, when you hear pushers of vaccines
and pharmaceuticals claim their medicine is "scientific" while
natural medicine is "unproven." Sure it's scientific - about as
scientific as the storyline in a Scooby Doo cartoon, or as credible
as the medical license of a six-year-old kid who just received a
"let's play doctor" gift set for Christmas.
researchers would have better careers as writers of fiction novels
rather than scientific papers.
For all those people who ignorantly claim that modern pharmaceutical
science is based on "scientific evidence," just give them these
three words: Doctor Scott Reuben.
Drug companies support fraudulent research
Don't forget that the drug companies openly supported Dr. Scott
Reuben's research. They paid him, in fact, to keep on fabricating
The drug companies claim to be innocent in all this, but behind the
scenes they had to have known what was going on. Dr. Reuben's
research was just too consistently favorable to drug company
interests to be scientifically legitimate.
If a drug company wanted
to "prove" that their drug was good for some new application, all
they had to do was ask Dr. Reuben to come up with the research (wink
"Here's another fifty thousand dollars to study whether our
drug is good for post-surgical pain (wink)."
And before long, Dr. Reuben would magically materialize a brand new
study that just happened to "prove" exactly what the sponsoring drug
company wanted to prove.
Advocates of western medicine claim they
don't believe in magic, but when it comes to clinical trials, they
actually do: All the results they wish to see just magically appear
as long as the right researcher gets paid to materialize the results
out of thin air, much like waving a magician's wand and chanting, "Abra
cadabra... let there be RESEARCH DATA!"
Shazam! The research data materializes just like that. It all gets
written up into a "scientific" paper that also magically gets
published in medical journals that fail to ask a single question
that might exposed the research fraud.
I guess these people believe in magic after all, huh? Where science
is lacking, a little "research magic" conveniently fills the void.
The whole system makes a mockery of real science. It is a system
operated by criminals who fabricate whatever "scientific evidence"
they need in order to get published in medical journals and win FDA
approval for drugs that they fully realize are killing people.
What is "Evidence-Based Medicine?"
The fact that a researcher like Dr. Reuben could so successfully
fabricate fraudulent study data, then get it published in
peer-reviewed science journals, and get away with it for 13 years
sheds all kinds of new light on what's really behind "evidence-based
The recipe for evidence-based medicine is quite simple:
the evidence! Get it published in any mainstream medical journal.
Then you can quote the fabricated evidence as "fact!"
When pushers of pharmaceuticals and vaccines resort to quoting
"evidence-based medicine" as their defense, keep in mind that much
of their so-called evidence has been entirely fabricated.
claim their branch of toxic chemical medicine is based on "real
science," what they really mean is that it's based on fraudulent
science but they've all secretly agreed to call it "real science."
When they claim to have "scientific facts" supporting their
position, what they really mean is that those "facts" were
fabricated by criminal researchers being paid bribes by the drug
"Evidence-based medicine," it turns out, hardly exists anymore.
even if it does, how do you know which studies are real vs. which
ones were fabricated? If a trusted, well-paid researcher can get his
falsified papers published for 13 years in top-notch science
journals - without getting caught by his peers - then what does
that say about the credibility of the entire peer-review science
paper publishing process?
Here's what is says:
"Scientific medicine" is a total fraud.
And this fraud isn't limited to Dr Scott Reuben, either.
he engaged in routine research fraud for 13 years before being
caught. There are probably thousands of other scientists engaged in
similar research fraud right now who haven't yet been caught in the
act. Their fraudulent research papers have no doubt already been
published in "scientific" medical journals. They've been quoted in
the popular press.
They've been relied on by
FDA decision makers to
approve drugs as "safe and effective" for widespread use.
And yet underneath all this, there's nothing more than fraud and
quackery. Sure, there may be some legitimate studies mixed in with
all the fraud, but how can we tell the difference?
How are we to trust this system that claims to have a monopoly on
scientific truth but in reality is a front for outright scientific
Keep up the great work, Dr Reuben
Thank you, Dr Scott Reuben, for showing us the truth about the
pharmaceutical industry, the research quackery, the laughable
"scientific" journals and the bribery and corruption that
characterizes the pharmaceutical industry today.
You have done more
to shed light on the true nature of the drug industry than a
thousand articles on NaturalNews ever could.
Keep up the good work.
After paying your fine and serving a little
jail time, I'm sure your services will be in high demand at all the
top drug companies that need yet more "scientific" studies to be
fabricated and submitted to the medical journals.
You may be a dishonest, disgusting human being to most of the world,
but you're a huge asset to the pharmaceutical industry and they need
you back! There are more studies that need to be fabricated soon;
more false papers that need to be published and more dangerous drugs
that need to receive FDA approval. Hurry!
Because if there's one place that extreme dishonesty is richly
rewarded, it's in the pharmaceutical industry, where poisons are
approved as medicines and fiction is published as the truth.