Taking cognizance of HT reportage on a study being based on forged data at the pharmacology department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), institute director Dr YK Chawla has sought a report from the head of the department.
In its July 28 and July 30 issues, HT had highlighted that a team of doctors had forged a study on the ‘effectiveness’ of the Drug Information Unit (DIU) of the pharmacology department. The unit addresses queries of doctors over phone related to various drugs and their adverse reactions.
The research paper, later published in a Delhi-based journal, claimed that the DIU received 56 calls in one month, while HT had found that institute had been lying defunct and had received just one call over a two-year period from 2011-2013.
Sources said that the director, in an internal letter, has asked the pharmacology department head A Chakrabarti to explain the issue.
After gathering the required information, matter is likely to be referred to the ethics committee at the institute, which deals with issues that pertain to medical research at the institute. Nephrologist Dr KS Chugh heads the committee.
When contacted, acting head of the pharmacology department Dr Samir Malhotra declined to comment.