Another increasingly “normal” week at the University of Minnesota: The Minnesota Star Tribune parsed a statement from the university and showed how virtually every word fell “far short of the truth.” The New York Times examined the secretly drug-spiked oatmeal handed out to prison inmates and staff, and other details of UMinn’s “sloppy” psychiatric drug trials. And psychiatric department head Charles Schulz stepped down amidst university praise for having “saved hundreds if not thousands of lives,” while a bioethicist said, “Frankly, I’m surprised that Dr. Schulz still has a medical license.”
MIA Blogger Carl Elliott has been instrumental in investigating and bringing much of the story to light over the course of years.
U psychiatry chief steps down in wake of research criticism (Minnesota Star Tribune, April 9, 2015)
Markingson case: University of Minnesota can’t regain trust under current leadership (Minnesota Star Tribune, April 13, 2015)
A Drug Trial’s Frayed Promise (New York Times, April 17, 2015)
“Dr. Schulz is an excellent clinician. He has saved hundreds if not thousands of lives.” (Fear and Loathing in Bioethics, April 18, 2015)