Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Federal Government Employee Sharing Tissue Sample with a Pharma Co.?

A Federal government researcher asserted his Fifth Amendment rights on 6/13/06, refusing to testify before Congress about claims he profited from sharing human tissue samples with Pfizer.

Dr. Trey Sunderland appeared before members of a House subcommittee. At the same hearing, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health told Congress Sunderland was on the list to be fired.

House Energy and Commerce Committee personnel claim that Dr. Sunderland shared human tissue samples with Pfizer Inc. and made more than $250K from that work.

You can read more about this in the WSJ online or in print today.