GMC drops case of alleged research misconduct against orthopaedic surgeons

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3302
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Allegations of research misconduct against two consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeons were found not proved by a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel after the GMC decided to offer no evidence.

The charges against Alan Hammer and Anand Agarwal centred on a UK study entitled “Anti-adhesion barrier gel improves clinical outcome in lumbar discectomy patients: a double blinded prospective randomised trial of Oxiplex/Medishield barrier gel,” which they presented at orthopaedic conferences in Geneva and Las Vegas in 2008 and 2009.

The GMC had …

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