Duke Sued Over Clinical Trials

September 12th, 2011

According to ABC 11 News and an article on ABClocal.go.com, a lawsuit filed in Durham Superior Court names Duke University, Duke University Health System, and five doctors. They are accused of participating in a fraudulent clinical trial, and exposing participants to unnecessary treatment—including chemotherapy.

The lawsuit alleges the clinical trial relied on the work of former Duke cancer researcher Anil Potti. In 2006, he and colleagues published an article that claimed they had developed a test that could predict which lung cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy.

But two doctors in Texas reported they could not replicate the results of the study, and the lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges they warned Potti and Duke on multiple occasions about their concerns. Lawyers claim Duke failed to respond.

According to plaintiff’s attorney Thomas Henson of HensonFuerst Attorneys:

“Duke conducted clinical trials on cancer patients that should never have occurred. The trials were based on bad science. Researchers across the country had been telling Duke and warning Duke about the bad science.”

To read the full article, click here:  Duke Sued Over Clinical Trials