Report: Rampant Problems at Arkansas Veterans Hospital

LITTLE ROCK, AR - According to a report by the Washington Times, a new report finds that the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is guilty of serious violations in its human experiments program, including the failure to report more than 100 deaths of study subjects.

The Washington Times says the Veteran Affairs Administration's Office of the Inspector General would release a report today about the abuses in behavioral and drug experiments at the Little Rock facility.  Calls to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System from The Associated Pres were not immediately returned.  A spokeswoman for the Veterans Affairs office in Washington, Alison Aikele, declined comment.

The newspaper says the investigation began last year and reviewed human experiments involving the study of colon, breast and prostate cancer that had been conducted since 2006.

The newspaper says the investigation found that researchers had failed to report "serious adverse events" during the experiments, including the deaths of 105 veterans.

The newspaper says the report found that some consent forms were missing, that others were missing signatures, that HIV testing was conducted without evidence of consent, and that research officials failed to obtain witness signatures in a study involving patients with dementia.

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