Earlier this month, we posted the story of how controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski was under fire once again from the Texas state medical board citing a long list of complaints regarding his practice in Houston using a dubious, unproven cancer treatment. Now, USA Today, who did a huge expose on Dr. B, is back with the new news highlighting how arrogant and callous Burzynski and his lawyer manage to appear in public.
The board says Burzynski has lured patients from around the world to his Texas clinic by promoting his unapproved drugs as safe, effective and available from nobody else — even though he knew most patients were ineligible for the experimental therapy, according to a 200-page complaint that describes problems with the care of 29 patients.
Burzynski — who was the subject of a USA TODAY investigation last year — broke Texas law, the board says, through “unprofessional and dishonorable conduct that is likely to deceive or defraud the public.”
Burzynski’s attorney, Richard Jaffe, says his client hasn’t broken any laws. Jaffe says that it’s common for doctors to order blood tests or dispense cancer drugs from their own pharmacies.
Medical reviewers say the charges against him are serious and sound. Burzynski’s lawyer brushes aside the serious charges that the doctors who treated patients at the clinic were not licensed, saying they got their degrees from other countries. So have many other physicians, yet they manage to get licensed because it’s REQUIRED in order to practice medicine. Why are they exempt from these requirements?
Jaffe, quoted in the piece, comes off as an arrogant ass:
Jaffe predicts that this would be the last time that Burzynski, 70, will tangle with the medical board.
“One way or another, this is the last time that this is going to happen,” Jaffe says. “Either they are going to take away his license or the board is going to be humiliated, because we are going to ask a judge to decide whether this treatment works better.”
Burzynski’s treatment not been scientifically shown to be effective as he claims. Why is he exempt from demonstrating efficacy for these claims? Why is he allowed to continue to charge exorbitant fees and make assertions he holds some amazing cure. His patients die! I don’t call that a success.
A judge doesn’t decide what treatment works – the scientific evaluation process does. This pomposity, hubris and utter lack of respect for science-based evidence is characteristic of quackery – quacks feel they are special and privileged because “they have the cure”. They don’t feel the need to demonstrate to other experts as long as they continue to get paid and have a cult-like following.
The science and evidence for the antineoplastons treatment just isn’t there. You can’t pull it out of thin air. However, that’s even beside the point – the TMB is accusing him of serious violations no matter WHAT treatment he touts. He needs to answer to it.