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Limits Placed on Burzynski's Cancer Treatment

Texas Attorney General's Office
News Release, February 10, 1998

Texas Attorney General Dan Morales announced that Texas has obtained a court agreement that requires a Houston physician to stop soliciting cancer patients for treatments with unapproved drugs he calls "antineoplastons.z" Morales has obtained a Final Judgment against Houston physician Stanislaw R. Burzynski and his corporation Burzynski Research Institute (BRI), which was filed Tuesday in State District Court in Travis County.

Under the agreement, Burzynski and BRI agree to abide by probation terms he was placed under by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Specifically, the agreement stipulates that Burzynski:

Burzynski claimed in the late 1970s that he had isolated certain peptides in human urine which could reverse cancer activity in cells. He set up a clinic in Houston, Texas and began treating patients and distributing the drug, without FDA approval.

Texas originally brought suit against Burzynski and BRI in 1992, charging that the defendants were treating cancer patients with the unapproved drug and advertising that the drug is effective against cancer. Burzynski had also been under a federal injunction since 1984 prohibiting him from introducing "antineoplastons" into interstate commerce, but the defendant tried to argue that he could legally treat patients within the state of Texas. The Supreme Court of Texas rejected that argument last fall in an appeal by Burzynski of disciplinary action by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.

Burzynski will also pay $50,000 to the Office of the Attorney General and the Texas Department of Health to reimburse those agencies for attorneys fees and costs of investigations. Assistant Attorney General Robert E. Reyna, Chief of Morales Dallas Consumer Protection Office, handled the case.

For further information, contact Ron Dusek, Ward Tisdale or Sonya Sanchez @ 512-463-2050 or press@oag.state.tx.us

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