University of Minnesota research case needs scrutiny

  • Article by: Carl Elliott
  • Updated: May 13, 2013 - 9:26 AM

An open letter to Gov. Mark Dayton:

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Minnesoda73May. 12, 13 6:10 PM

The University of Minnesota has investigated itself and found itself innocent. It has nothing to gain by doing this. When the UM makes a mistake, it always does the right thing. Stop the U bashing.

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elmore1May. 12, 13 6:56 PM

The U continues to be a rudderless ship. They investigated themselves? Huh?

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la55122May. 12, 13 6:59 PM

Minnesoda73 I assume the sarcasm button on your keyboard was on. Maybe "Land Grant" universities are now controlled by big pharmaceutical company grants.

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meegwichMay. 13, 13 5:06 AM

I'm confused; the principal investigator of the drug study treating the young man worked at the UMN, for the UMN. The young man was only treated under the drug protocol at the University and after his death the doctor settles a malpractice suit filed against him by the young mans mother but the University walks because they claim immunity. Then, the doctor claims that as a state employee of the University he's entitled to immunity from punitive damages from the malpractice settlement because the state doesn't allow employees to pay punitive damages even when they're warranted. So how can the psychiatrist settle a malpractice suit and admit fault, all the while working at the U-MN, and the U can't find any wrongdoing. How does the U explain the psychiatrist settling a malpractice suit in the death of his patient, and they can't find a thing wrong.

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bcelliottMay. 13, 13 7:19 AM

Please consider signing the petition to investigate the U at this address: http://chn.ge/ZIlK0b Carl Elliott University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics

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fluffbusterMay. 13, 13 7:41 AM

If the U of M cannot be sued why does the U carry malpractice insurance? Seems like a waste of a lot of money, or is the "we can't be sued" just the first line of defense? Follow the money.

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luxaeternaMay. 13, 13 8:50 AM

The case was investigated by the MN Attorney General, the MN Board of Medicine, and the Federal Government (FDA). They found no wrongdoing on the part of the U. How many more investigations are needed?

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meegwichMay. 13, 13 9:58 AM

luxaeterna@ I'm just curious, if the University investigated itself and found no wrongdoing, where is the copy of that report? Why has the U not produced a single piece of evidence from all these supposed investigations? The AG's office has never once said they found no wrongdoing, not once. They even signed off on the study coordinators corrective action with the Board of Social Work. The Medical Board never investigated the U over the study that's mentioned in this article. Where are you getting your info from? Why didn't the U fire the psychiatrist after he agreed to a malpractice settlement, he surely wouldn't have done that if he was wasn't guilty...would he? You can't claim immunity and then also claim your'e exonerated from wrongdoing....give me a break.

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ajaytiMay. 13, 1310:51 AM

Thank you, Professor Elliot, for having the courage to speak out about this. Unfortunately, this is consistent with the University of Minnesota's "investigation" and "response" policies for sexual harassment and discrimination issues, as well. The University's committment to placing its own legal defense above all else has shattered futures and destroyed career prospects for many innocent victims. I am truly sorry to hear that administrators are continuing to turn a bliind eye, even as lives are being lost. I look forward to signing your petition.

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humph010May. 13, 1312:18 PM

If the loss of Mary Weiss's son occurred in 2003-2004,someone please explain the need for the governor to intervene almost 10 years later. From other writers, this has been investigated in the by many state and likely federal agencies after this tragedy occurred.

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