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Ethics? What me worry?

Dr. Kuklo, who has been mentioned here several times, appears to be in deep doo-doo.

From the Wall Street Journal:

JULY 14, 2009, 5:13 P.M. ET
School Says Surgeon Failed to Disclose Medtronic Deal

Washington University said a surgeon accused by the U.S. Army of falsifying a study favorable to Medtronic Inc. failed to tell the school he had a paid consulting arrangement with the medical-device maker.

Surgeon Timothy Kuklo is on paid personal leave at the request of the St. Louis school, where he is a member of the medical faculty. The allegation that he failed to properly disclose his financial relationship with Medtronic was made in a June 23 letter from Washington University medical-school Dean Larry J. Shapiro to Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), who is investigating the Kuklo matter.

It gets, unbelievably, worse...

From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog:

July 14, 2009, 5:25 PM ET

Doctor Accused of Falsifying Studies Gave Ethics Talk

The former Army surgeon at the heart of a scandal over allegedly falsified research gave a lecture last December on "ethical business practices."

Copies of slides used in the Dec. 13 presentation by surgeon Timothy Kuklo were included in a packet of information sent by Washington University to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. Kuklo started at the university in August 2006 and is currently on paid leave.

The university says Kuklo failed to inform it of his financial relationship with Medtronic in 2007 when he was conducting research on one of the company's big-selling spine products, the WSJ is reporting this afternoon. Kuklo has not responded to calls for comment.

The Army, meanwhile, says Kuklo falsified data in a study published last year on the use of Medtronic's Infuse bone-growth product in injured soldiers.

The December presentation on ethics was given in Chicago, but the slides do not indicate who was being lectured to. Also, many of the slides are hard to read.

One slide titled "Importance of Ethical Business Practices," indicates that "trust is fundamental to the doctor-patient relationship" and that "conflict of interest concerns will erode this foundation." Another slide includes the recommendations "avoid unethical conflicts of interest" and "avoid the perception of problematic COI."

If course before anyone in Minnesota goes into finger-pointing mode, it should be noted that we have had similar problems at our own place that surfaced last December. For further information, please see:

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