Texas Medical Board files detailed complaint against Burzynski

The screws continue to be tightened on “Houston Cancer Quack” Stanislaw Burzynski. Burzynski’s clinic has been the focus of very many serious allegations of violations from the state, FDA, and from diligent skeptics who know snake oil when they see it. Burzynski advocates a treatment, antineoplastons, which has not been demonstrated to work even after the clinic promised that clinical trials would take place and the results published. There are no results that show that this treatment is at all effective. However, it is expensive. Dr. B lives very well off his clinic’s income. In a ridiculous move, he has been allowed to proceed by FDA.

The Texas Medical Board has (again) filed an official complaint against Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. It’s not brief. It’s 202 pages long and detailed. Available at this link (part of the public release), you can read the entire document. But here are the factual allegations of the Texas Medical board:

Burzynski misled patients into paying exorbitant charges for drugs and medical services accepting care from unlicensed persons while Burzynski and his employees misrepresented those unlicensed persons to be licensed medical doctors in Texas accepting care from healthcare providers who didn’t have appropriate qualifications to be treating cancer patients

Examples of seven patients is documented. The document is detailed on all the charges with regulations cited. For example, Burzynski directed all treatment by physicians working at the clinic but allowed a non-licensed physician to represent patients and allowed him to perform medical tasks. Burzynski initiated treatment of patients without adequately documenting medical rationale or discussing pathologic diagnosis with patient. Burzynski accepted a large sum of money for patients to receive “antineoplaston” and other treatment with full knowledge that Burzynski was not going to direct the patients to that therapy.

Various conflicts of interest are noted: Burzynski had ownership interest in the pharmacy and the laboratory that served the patient. He failed to disclose this ownership to the patients. Billing for services and products was improperly done.

Other common violations listed in the complaint are not receiving an adequate physical examination at time of recommendation of treatment, inadequate treatment plan, problems with informed consent, insufficient discussion of treatment alternatives, and long lists of billing errors.

What is Burzynski’s game? He seems very eager to collect money but no so eager to follow the requirements for the medical treatment laws in Texas or from the feds.

This complaint is different from previous complaints in which Burzynski was vindicated. This is more detailed and will be significantly more difficult to address by the Burzynski Clinic. What will happen? We don’t know. As of this posting, this story has not yet been covered by major media (but I expect it will be soon). Any damning publicity for the Burzynski clinic will be met by an emotional and desperate legal attempts to defend the so-called “maverick” doctor. At this point, it’s VERY VERY clear, he’s no “maverick”, he’s an outlaw.

All Burzynski articles here.

Amanda Devaus and Bob Blaskiwicz contributed to this piece. We thank them for their diligent work.

Additions:

The Texas Medical Board has finally gotten serious.

It’s a devastating document that, if the allegations are proven in court, should finally end Burzynski’s career. I’ll apologize if I’m a bit pessimistic, though. Burzynski has slithered out of tighter spots before.

via The Texas Medical Board vs. Stanislaw Burzynski, Round Infinity – Respectful Insolence.

Also at The Texas Medical Board vs. Stanislaw Burzynski, 2014 edition « Science-Based Medicine.

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  5 comments for “Texas Medical Board files detailed complaint against Burzynski

  1. Peter Robinson
    July 13, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Let’s hope this brings the FDA to their senses and they withdraw the license for the further trials, and finally shut this quack down.

    • Derek Freyberg
      July 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      All the FDA can do is prevent him running any more “clinical trials” (and I use the term in quotes advisedly) – it’s the Texas Medical Board that can actually put Stan the Man, personally, out of business by revoking his medical license. Because the antineoplastons are unapproved, they can only be used in the context of clinical trials; though the complaint shows that Stan is loading patients up on sodium phenylbutyrate instead, which is kinda sorta like an antineoplaston but is an approved drug, although for urea system disorders not cancer, so it can be prescribed legally outside a clinical trial.
      Would Stan’s losing his medical license shut the clinic down? – I doubt it, as his son Gregory, who is an MD and presumably also licensed in Texas since he works there (I haven’t checked – Stan does have some unlicensed “doctors” on staff too, as the complaint points out), could take over, with dad sitting back and watching from the sidelines. I think it would need a few prosecutions for fraud and a well-publicized malpractice suit or two to change things.
      What was interesting to me from the complaint was that of the 7 specifically mentioned patients, a couple quit the clinic very fast – one in just a week; and only one of the seven was in a “clinical trial”. The rest was just horrifying.
      As Sharon says, Stan’s supporters are going to coming out of the woodwork real soon now.

  2. Graham
    July 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    We can hope that this fraud case will bring him down, but even if he gets jail time, there will be plenty of true believers ready to whitewash his reputation and claim it was all trumped up charges. And as always once banned from the US he will simply pack up and move to Mexico.

  3. Robert Allen
    July 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    After 40 years, it’s about time.

  4. July 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    This piece from the Nashua Telegraph covers it nicely (if briefly), and gives a nod to Doubtful News. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1041667-468/texas-medical-board-files-202-page-complain-against.html

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