Earlier this year, The Lancet retracted Wakefield’s 1998 “study,” something that almost never happens. Around that same time his 2009 “monkey study” was withdrawn by the journal Neurotoxicology. And now his 2000 American Journal of Gastroenterology paper is being retracted as well:
On 28 January 2010, the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel raised concerns about a paper published in the Lancet by Dr Wakefield et al. (1). The main issues were that the patient sample collected was likely to be biased and that the statement in the paper, that the study had local ethics committee approval, was false. There was also the possibility of a serious conflict of interest in the interpretation of the data. The Lancet has now retracted this paper (1). This paper in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG) (2) also includes the 12 patients in the original Lancet article and therefore we retract this AJG paper from the public record.
Wow. I wonder when was the last time a researcher had not one but two studies retracted only a few months apart. The last five months have been disastrous for Wakefield. Seriously, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, put this guy on suicide watch.