http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/17/health/17columbia.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

I am appalled to learn that Columbia (where I earned my Ph.D.) has been injecting mental patients with dangerous drugs as ‘research’. To quote key segments of the article:

“The F.D.A.’s latest investigation, which took place from Jan. 5 to Jan. 21, listed six categories of violations. It found that since 2007, “at least 10 batches” of drugs had been “released and injected into human subjects” with impurities that exceeded the level the lab had agreed to set. At least four injections “had impurity masses that more than doubled the maximum limit implemented.”

“Agency investigators also found a forged document, a hard copy record that had been altered to hide a drug impurity that showed up clearly in the computer records.”

A lesson here is that not only drug companies, but some universities will stop at nothing to generate profits — one of the major scandals involved with such research.

Columbia needs money. It has a relatively small endowment and has been spending far too much of that buying up land in Manhattanville (lower West Harlem).

We were once sued by the Columbia trustees during one of our economic collapses when my employer, CUNY, had to skip a salary payment. All those to whom we owed payments such as Macy’s bore with us. We owed Columbia $150.00 as a final loan repayment for which it sued. Their suit was thrown out of court by a disgusted judge.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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