Medical Board case against Burzynski dismissed

Cancer clinic doctor Stanislaw Burzynski has had a case pending against him from the Texas Medical Board. Burzynski operates a cancer treatment clinic that has come under high scrutiny for its unproven methods, lack of published studies, high cost and ethical considerations.

This is bad news.

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Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski’s Four Year Battle with the Texas Medical Board Ends. Case Dismissed!

On November 19, 2012, judges of the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings dismissed the Texas Medical Board’s pending case against Dr. Burzynski. The investigation started by the board in 2008 involved Dr. Burzynski’s novel off-label use of combination gene targeted therapy. Early on, two medical board informal settlement panels found that the use of these combination drugs on the advanced cancer patients involved was within the standard of care. However, the Texas Medical Board refused to drop the case and instead filed a formal complaint against Dr. Burzynski alleging the same standard of care violations previously rejected by the board settlement panels. After two years of intense litigation, the case was set for trial in April 2012. However, a week before trial, the administrative law judges dismissed most of the charges against Dr. Burzynski which forced the Board to seek to adjourn the case to do some reevaluation. After the judges denied the Board’s attempt to reverse the previous partial dismissal of the case, the Board did more reevaluation and moved to dismiss the entire case. The attorney representing Dr. Burzynski, Mr. Richard Jaffe, didn’t oppose the motion and on November 19, 2012, the case was dismissed.

The cutting-edge, multi-agent gene targeted therapy devised by Dr. Burzynski which was at the heart of this proceeding continues to be given at the clinic and is helping countless patients. The Burzynski Clinic thanks all of its many supporters and wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Here is the official dismissal.

Does it mean his trouble are over? No.
Does it mean his therapy is validated? No.
It allows him to continue to operate his clinic and doing what he has been doing.

Updates to follow…

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  13 comments for “Medical Board case against Burzynski dismissed

  1. November 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    This is going to be a long fight. No word back from the TMB for insight into the decision to drop the issue.

    • BosCo
      November 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      I happen to know from sad personal experience that this man’s clinic is a fraud and an insult to the medical profession. A person I was close to was diagnosed w/a very aggressive type of brain cancer. There is no hope w/this kind of cancer. Her Drs. gave her a year with conventional therapy She was desperate and somehow found out about this travesty of a “clinic”. She didn’t even make it 6 months. She spent tens of thousands of dollars for a treatment that made her a miserable shell of a human being (constant explosive diarrhea, anyone?) Nothing was going to save her. This VERMIN denied her the dignity of a decent death.

  2. Adam
    November 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Why is it so hard for the US to shut down a huckster selling a bogus treatment? At the very least he should be stripped of his medical licence and the shield of legitimacy from running “trials” which ultimately get shut down and replaced by a new one.

    For example why can’t the FDA mandate that clinical trials cannot charge more than a nominal fee to patients regardless of the form of treatment – i.e. no fee for consultations, drugs or other forms of therapy beyond $1000 total for the duration of the trial with waivers only in exceptional and justified circumstances. It probably won’t affect the majority of trials at all since they don’t charge money to begin with.

  3. macdoktor
    November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Back to hoping that Burzynski will somehow manage to hang himself…

    • November 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Metaphorically speaking.

  4. Jack's Left Foot
    November 22, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    I freely admit that I know virtually nothing about this Dr., or the case against him. In fact, my only real knowledge of him comes from viewing two documentaries about him and the anecdotal evidence of a friend who is a patient.

    Honestly, until reading the few comments here, I held the general opinion that he was a “Fight the System” good guy getting a bum rap. Perhaps it is because I live in Houston and have never seen a bad story about him here.

    Any way, thanks for the contrary opinions. At least now I’m intrigued enough to look into it further.

    • November 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      THAT is what we are here for. Thank you.

      • Jack's Left Foot
        November 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        Originally I came here for a good pumpkin pie recipe! I kid… Maybe. Happy Thanksgiving.

        • Am_Sci
          November 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM

          Here is a link for you that may give you an idea of what a monster he is:
          http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/11/02/stanislaw-burzynski-fails-to-save-another-patient/

          Spread the word, this man needs to be stopped (by legal means, of course).

          • Jack's Left Foot
            November 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

            Thank you. I’ve been doing a great deal of reading about this doctor and have come to the conclusion, as you have, that he:

            • Jack's Left Foot
              November 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM

              Shoot, hit enter too soon.

              I have come to the conclusion that he is indeed profiteering off of the misery of others. It would also seem as though he does, in some respect, believe in his treatments, but not enough to allow peer review. Narcissism and paranoia are not the qualities I would hope anyone would find as positives in a doctor.

              Keep up the good fight. You have enlightened me.

              Thanks.

  5. Adam
    November 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    He has been adopted by alt health types as some kind of “lone genius” who has discovered the cure for cancer and naturally “big pharma” and the FDA are trying to suppress it… or something. This narrative would sound a lot more convincing if he actually proved he had a cure instead of running one abortive trial after another and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake but no actual evidence.

    Here is an article about him anyway from the Houston Chronical:

    http://www.houstonpress.com/2009-01-01/news/cancer-doctor-stanislaw-burzynski-sees-himself-as-a-crusading-researcher-not-a-quack/

    He comes off as pretty arrogant and immodestly suggests he might have a Nobel Prize for medicine in 3 years. This was nearly 4 years ago and still no evidence or Nobel Prize.

    • Jack's Left Foot
      November 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Oh interesting. That’s actually a Houston Press article, but I appreciate the link.

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