Harvard doctors punished over pay
3 accused of not disclosing consulting fees
By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff
Concluding a three-year investigation, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School sanctioned renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman and two colleagues after finding they violated conflict of interest rules.
In a letter to coworkers yesterday, Biederman and Drs. Thomas Spencer and Timothy Wilens said the hospital and medical school "have determined that we violated certain requirements'' of the institutions' policies.
They did not specify the nature of the violations. But in 2008, Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, accused the three doctors of accepting millions of dollars in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007, and of failing for years to report much of the income to university officials.
Journal to scrutinize hip fracture study
Inquiry follows allegation of ethical breach
By Kay Lazar, Chelsea Conaboy, and Neena Satija, Globe Staff
A leading medical journal is launching an investigation into the work of a research team led by a Harvard doctor, after federal health regulators accused the scientists of failing to inform elderly nursing home residents of serious health risks discovered during a hip fracture study.
Editors at the Journal of the American Medical Association, which published a 2007 article by the scientists that included research from that hip fracture study, will be reviewing the scientists' work and supporting documents, journal spokeswoman Jann Ingmire said yesterday.
"They want to talk to the study authors,'' Ingmire said.
At the same time, the Harvard-affiliated Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, where Harvard Medical School gerontologist Dr. Douglas P. Kiel presided over the hip study, said it would also investigate.