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Burzynski Sanctioned by Texas Medical Board

On March 3, 2017, the Texas Medical Board sanctioned Houston internist Stanislaw Burzynski for over a hundred violations related to his cancer clinic. However, despite these sanctions, Burzynski will be allowed to keep his medical license and continue to practice on patients.

For decades, Burzynski has peddled a chemotherapy he calls “antineo plastons” (ANP) under the auspices of dubious FDA-sanctioned clinical trials (see “Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure” and “Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski Cancer Patients,” SI March/April 2014).

Burzynski sells a chemotherapy of the metabolic derivatives of sodium phenylbutyrate, a urea cycle drug that he also produces at his Houston manufacturing facility. Antineoplastons are typically administered intrave nously under clinical trial protocols and frequently under compassionate care exemptions. In recent years, however, Burzynski has taken to selling something he calls “personalized gene targeted therapy,” which is a low-dose chemotherapy cocktail (based on a genetic test) plus sodium phenyl butyrate. The theory behind antineoplaston therapy, according to Burzynski, is that cancer patients have lower levels of these peptides and amino acids in their blood and urine and that replacing them can cure cancer.

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