According to a report by USA Today, Houston doctor, Stanislaw Burzynski, is accused of selling false hope to families. Burzynski claims to be able to cure inoperable pediatric brainstem tumors. He publicly declared that he can cure half of the estimated 200 children a year diagnosed with brainstem tumors.
Burzynski’s treatment consists of experimental drugs that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and costs over $100,000. As a result, parents who want to have a shot at saving their child’s life fall into major debt since most insurance plans don’t cover for these treatments. And when treatments fail, some of these families can’t even afford to take their children home to die.
Despite Burzynski’s extreme claims of being able to cure cancer, the National Cancer Institution states that there is no evidence that he has cured a single patient or even helped prolong anyone’s life.
In addition, according to FDA inspections, Burzynski failed to follow the most basic duty. There was no assurance that the Burzynski institutional review board was “adequately protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects.” The inspections claimed that Burzynski had inflated the success rates of 67% of cases by inaccurately reporting how tumors responded to the treatments, had failed to report unexpected problems that came along with the treatments, and had destroyed patients’ original records.
And yet, even after all these claims by the FDA, Burzynski is currently still allowed to practice medicine.
The moral of this story: The system is flawed—it fails to protect patients.
Burzynski was able to stay in business over the years because of the limitations of the Texas Medical Board’s authority to remove his license. We have seen this before in the different reports about how dangerous doctors are still allowed to keep practicing despite their records.
The unfortunate truth is, patients are hurt everyday because of this flawed system—some realize and recognize it, and some don’t. That is why we put together an easy to read report called 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice for patients to be able to identify a potential medical malpractice case before it’s too late. If you suspect you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, download this report here and call us today at (202)393-3320.