Research Fraud: A Sui Generis Problem Demands a Sui Generis Solution (Plus a Little Due Process)

25 Pages Posted: 4 May 2006

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Daniel Goldberg

East Carolina University - School of Medicine

Abstract

This article examines the highly-publicized case of research fraud perpretrated by Dr. Werner Bezwoda as a case study for analyzing research fraud, and the various mechanisms available to remedy the problem. I argue that these mechanisms were never designed to combat research fraud, because research fraud, unlike many other kinds of health care fraud, is often undermotivated, if motivated at all, by the specter of pecuniary gain. However, the mechanism that was designed to counter research fraud, embodied in the Office of Research Integrity, is deeply flawed in terms of both process and result. Finally, I suggest some ways of improving the available mechanisms, and sketch some possible directions for future action.

Suggested Citation

Goldberg, Daniel, Research Fraud: A Sui Generis Problem Demands a Sui Generis Solution (Plus a Little Due Process). Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 47, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900044

Daniel Goldberg (Contact Author)

East Carolina University - School of Medicine ( email )

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Greenville, NC 27858
United States

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