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Duke sued over cancer trials

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DURHAM, NC (ABC NEWS) -- A lawsuit filed in North Carolina’s Durham County Superior Court accuses Duke University, Duke University Heath System and five doctors of exposing patients to unnecessary chemotherapy during fraudulent clinical trials.

The trials, which began in 2007 and 2008, were based on work by Dr. Anil Potti — a former Duke cancer researcher who claimed to have developed a test that could predict which lung cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy.

The trials were temporarily halted in 2009 when other researchers couldn’t replicate Potti’s results. But the trials resumed after an internal investigation. The lawsuit alleges the findings were withheld.

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