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Date:  14 November 2000

CORRUPT  SCIENCE  -  BIOTECH  EXEC  JAILED  FOR  DATA  FIX

Why just these two?  See below for multiple examples of science corruption.

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From Nature Biotechnology October 2000 - (Vol. 18, No. 10, p. 1024)

A former executive of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Birmingham, AL) and his wife have been sentenced to federal prison for their part in a plan to falsify clinical trial data on a psoriasis and skin cancer treatment.

The couple, who falsified data from clinical trials of the enzyme inhibitor BCX-34, were convicted in March of conspiracy, mail fraud and making false statements to the US Food and Drug Administration.  On August 31, a federal court judge in Birmingham sentenced Harry Snyder
and Renee Peugeot, who was a nurse in the trials, to three years and two and a half years in prison, respectively.  Snyder was also ordered to pay $26,000 restitution to the FDA.

BioCryst spokesperson AK Schleusner says Snyder, who was running phase II trials of the drug in 1994 and 1995, was fired in 1995 when false data was discovered; BioCryst subsequently abandoned development of the drug in 1997 after phase III trials were unsuccessful.

The sentencing did not affect the firm's stock price, which was trading at $30 per share in early September.

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"All policy makers must be vigilant to the possibility of research data being manipulated by corporate bodies and of scientific colleagues being seduced by the material charms of industry. Trust is no defence against an aggressively deceptive corporate sector."
- THE LANCET, April 2000
http://www.netlink.de/gen/Zeitung/2000/000409.html

* evidence that the withholding of unfavourable research evidence into product performance may have led to thousands of  deaths http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/1999/10/01/timnwsnws01005.html?999

* evidence that patents and other financial interests may be influencing researchers' behaviour in ways which could place the public at risk
http://search.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-12/31/141l-123199-idx.html

* evidence of aggressive corporate deception involving government, researchers and the media
http://www.netlink.de/gen/Zeitung/2000/000409.html
http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk/smoking/Story/0,2763,156849,00.html

* evidence of widespread industry pressure on scientists to tailor their research findings and advice to suit sponsors
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/fix.htm

* evidence of the falsification of data to suit commercial objectives
http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/gmdebate/Story/0,2763,194211,00.html

* evidence that even indirect industry-linked funding can critically distort researchers' findings and published opinions on issues relevant to public safety
http://www.nejm.org/content/1998/0338/0002/0101.asp
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/fix.htm

* evidence of suppression of unfavourable research evidence into product safety
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1527/text4.html

* evidence of misrepresentation of research to the public and the media to suit commercial objectives
http://www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents/sugar-beet-paper-commentary.htm

http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/pb.htm

* evidence of government coordination of scientists' contributions to the media to support its pro-biotech line and rebut scientific and political criticism
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/rs.htm

* evidence of pressure to suppress publication of unfavourable research evidence
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/rs.htm

* evidence of pressure on journalists to under-report unfavourable research evidence
http://www.foxbghsuit.com

* evidence of heavy corporate influence over research funding, research agendas, and top-level appointments
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/scigag.htm

* evidence of the use of silencing agreements to gag scientists
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/scigag.htm

* evidence of scientists' self-censorship and of the direct suppression of dissenting scientists
http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/pubs/99rsppp.html

* accumulating evidence of corporate bias in the science base of regulatory bodies charged with protecting the public interest
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/pblinks.htm
http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/fsa.htm
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