Sunday, May 28, 2006

Top Psych On The Run

Psychiatrist Tonmoy Sharma, senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London UK has been busted for fraud and for lying about his credentials.

He is accused of attempting to get data in a drug trial changed as well as of obtaining a free supply of the psych drug Clozaril for a study which he subsequently then sold for tens of thousands of pounds. He also claimed to be a professor which was untrue.

At one time Sharma was offered the Chair of psychiatry at University College London. The institute of Psychiatry in an attempt to hush the matter up conducted its own enquiry which exonerated Sharma of any wrongdoing.

This exoneration was ignored by the government health watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency who have proceeded with charges. Sharma has fled the UK for India.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping to get another beer but you got there before me
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1784632,00.html
Looks like it is going to be an interesting case. Sharma ran (set up?)something called the Clinical Neurosciences Research Centre. http://www.psychmed.org.uk/clinicalteam.htm
I wonder if he was a genuine researcher who just exaggerated his credentials and did a bit of dodgy bookkeeping or if it goes deeper.
Another interesting case coming up at the General Medical Council is that of Massimo Ricci, psychiatrist to celebrities. I have no idea what he is supposed to have done but it must be pretty serious because they have suspended his registration pending a hearing. Someone told me that it has been hushed up by the media.

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