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FDA: Drug Companies Faked Thousands of Drug Documents

Lisa Garber
December 22nd, 2012
Updated 12/22/2012 at 2:38 am
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fraud1 260x162 FDA: Drug Companies Faked Thousands of Drug DocumentsAccording to the Food and Drug Administration, a major drug research contractor has been found faking documents and manipulating samples. The firm, Cetero Research, has tested medicines for major drug companies that are now being forced to reevaluate their products in response to warnings issued by US regulators. The news may be from 2010, but is an example of pharma corruption nonetheless.

Absentee Lab Technicians, Fixed Studies

North Carolina-based Cetero performs early-phase clinical research and bioanalytics for many pharmaceutical companies, which use the results to receive FDA approval for drugs. Exactly which companies used Cetero’s services for FDA drug approval remains unclear, though such companies are being asked by the FDA to come forward.

A series of investigations—two 2010 inspections, an internal company investigation, and a third-party audit—uncovered “significant instances of misconduct and violations” at Houston’s Cetero facility.  The FDA adds that “the pattern of misconduct was serious enough to raise concerns about the integrity of the data Cetero generated” between April 2005 and June 2010.

In those five years, laboratory personnel supposedly busy conducting studies were revealed in the investigations as not even being present in the Cetero facilities—in 1,900 instances. The FDA also suspects that Cetero “fixed” studies to skew outcomes or failed to mention others in their reports.

The regulators say that the investigation’s scope is “too narrow to identify and adequately address the root cause of these systemic failures.”

Root cause? Maybe greed is a good place to start.

Widespread Fraud in Big Pharma

Greed seems to be a common denominator between Cetero and Roche and Genentech, a Swiss-based pharmaceutical company and its US affiliate, which were probed by the European Medicines Agency and found to have failed to submit 80,000 reports of products marketed in the US that left 15,161 patients dead. Your doctor could be one of the may paid to falsify data to get published. Even the Mayo Clinic has stated that the last 10 years of cancer research is useless due to widespread fraud.

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  • markieg98

    Meet the criminals right under our noses. I do believe that this is a group that we need to look more into. They bribe doctors into using their prescribed medications that are highly addictive to patients, without regard for the patients safety.

  • @cbrooks1831

    What does this mean for the volunteers in the Cetero studies?

  • Dave

    Davo Its all about greed, these co.'s don't care about anyones health, its all about the money! Worthless vaccines that are bad for your health,drugs that mask symptoms and don't cure anything but there being sold and billions are being made! Many people die every year from drugs that are prescribed. Greed should be a crime, these are crimes against humanity! I will never take a long term prescribed drug of any kind nor will I ever take a flu shot or any other type of vaccination! The whole system is out of control, look at it ,the financial system, the government is way too big,making more laws, telling the people whats good for us,a small government works the best,we are supposed to learn from history so why don't we? People wake up or die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wolters MD

    It's blatant disregard for patient health and transparency by big pharma that significantly contributes to our nation's alarming and growing prescription drug abuse problem. It's time the FDA gets out of pharmas pocket and an honest federal regulatory body step in with the best interest of the nation in hand. For example in my sector of healthcare, treating drug abuse with replacement drugs has been widely accepted as a proper longterm solution. Pharma pushes drug replacement therapy as an ongoing solution, when in fact it should only be used as a short-term application for patients. You can learn more about the dangers of DRT here… to get another look into how big pharma completely disregards patients longterm health.

  • Franky Freedom

    Five years of gross fraud uncovered by the FDA by a Big Pharma research player. On a positive note, at least the FDA is doing its job for a change. But what if one of the drugs in question were the anti-psychotic taken by the recent mass shooter in the elementary school in Connecticut? With the storm of gun regulation activity now saturating the political sphere since last week shouldn't there be an EQUALLY intense debate about the role of Big Pharma drugs and their effect on the behavior of the masses of people whose behavior is being effected by them?


  • Sondra Oppedisano

    Nothing seems to be sacred anymore! Everyone is Greedy and ONLY watching the $$$ they pocket for themselves! I used to wish I wouldn't get old, but the way things are proceeding nowadays I'm glad I won't be around for the Tyranny, Chaos and utter Disrespect I see happening today. It is only going to get worse!
    No one wants to take the rap for things AND the Worst of it, NOONE gets Jail time or any other punishment!!!

  • dawnford2011

    May all of these great truths unfold now, and may we be strong enough to handle the incredible amount of disinformation given! Our children were NEVER meant to be drugged, labelled, prodded, vaccinated !

    • dawn

      Amen Sister. All the talk about gun laws and what we really need to do is stop drugging our children and young adults with mind altering drugs – LEGALLY! I wonder who we blame for that? Big Pharma? The companies that are supposed to "watch" them? The prescribing doctor? I am soon going to be 55 years old and we didn't have these drugs then, and most of us made it to adulthood just fine…

  • ozspeaksup

    so now we need a name n shame effort.
    and the products that they lied about to be made public asap.

  • Carol

    Cancer industry is a bottomless pit .c

  • Sandy

    Karmas a bitch! I wonder if they sleep good at nite. And you kill thousands because your greedy. Where’s that get you when God says your NOT going to his home

  • Sandy

    Karma’s a bitch?????

  • Deb

    Not surprised one bit. While a still small part of me clings to the good of medical research, the vast majority of research and endeavors of the pharmaceutical industry is designed with utter disregard for the health and wellness of people and the planet. Thank you for posting so we concerned individuals can be proactive and make our voices heard.