Bigger Consequences

In a letter, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the US Department of Health and Human Services why a researcher who was found to have committed fraud received only a three-year ban from federally funded research, reports the Des Moines Register.

“This seems like a very light penalty for a doctor who purposely tampered with a research trial and directly caused millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted on fraudulent studies,” Grassley wrote.

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