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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:48 AM

Recent news reported a case of forensic practitioner, a chemist at the Massachusetts State Crime Laboratory, allegedly has falsified drug tests and reported out fraudulent test results. While it is unclear how long this malpractice had been going on, or just how many cases were affected, it has placed all the employed chemists’ work in question, and also, obviously, jeopardized thousands of cases.
The chemist was arrested and will eventually be tried for her actions, though the question remains: how can these situations be avoided? What sort of quality assurance program could be adopted to prevent such acts, be they purposely planned of not?
Is the analyst alone at fault, or is the organization, under which the laboratory operates, to blame as well? What precautionary steps could a laboratory take to prevent such cases from occurring in the future?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:49 AM

lol hey, left field called, they want their wayward specific-as-fuck scenario back :P
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:51 AM

lol hey, left field called, they want their wayward specific-as-fuck scenario back :P


Eat me.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:53 AM

dont tease me, you know how worked up i get
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

uhh ohh.. gotta grab a good seat, I see round 2 is underway.... :popcorn: lol
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:54 AM

Recent news reported a case of forensic practitioner, a chemist at the Massachusetts State Crime Laboratory, allegedly has falsified drug tests and reported out fraudulent test results. While it is unclear how long this malpractice had been going on, or just how many cases were affected, it has placed all the employed chemists’ work in question, and also, obviously, jeopardized thousands of cases.
The chemist was arrested and will eventually be tried for her actions, though the question remains: how can these situations be avoided? What sort of quality assurance program could be adopted to prevent such acts, be they purposely planned of not?
Is the analyst alone at fault, or is the organization, under which the laboratory operates, to blame as well? What precautionary steps could a laboratory take to prevent such cases from occurring in the future?




Okay.. now that the popcorn is gone... I will answer with something more serious

Not sure what can be done to ensure this won't happen again, anywhere.. But it shouldnt question other employees work or authority, as I am sure the majority of them have better work ethics than that.

Although I do not want to be critical of my home state, because I believe we have the best docs, hosps and colleges in the US but Where does it end? Not long ago there was the situation where needles have been infected and people lost their lives after receiving steroid shots.. and more recently a doc was fired for dating a woman he originally worked with, then became his patient... Who cares who he dates as long as his work isn't being affected by it?

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:33 AM

Recent news reported a case of forensic practitioner, a chemist at the Massachusetts State Crime Laboratory, allegedly has falsified drug tests and reported out fraudulent test results. While it is unclear how long this malpractice had been going on, or just how many cases were affected, it has placed all the employed chemists’ work in question, and also, obviously, jeopardized thousands of cases.
The chemist was arrested and will eventually be tried for her actions, though the question remains: how can these situations be avoided? What sort of quality assurance program could be adopted to prevent such acts, be they purposely planned of not?
Is the analyst alone at fault, or is the organization, under which the laboratory operates, to blame as well? What precautionary steps could a laboratory take to prevent such cases from occurring in the future?


To start with two labs and that will qualify tests.
The bigger issue is how many court cases were decided by his results? If a court case hinged on a lab result and he signed off on it his result will be tossed.
A car accident victim is often given a tox screen instead of a breath test. His tox screens would be invalid and any proof of drunk driving gone.

It could change workmans comp cases as well as many employers demand tests after accidents. It may seem like a pebble in a pond but the waves will carry.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

This won't hurt a bit!

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