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Integrity of data “undisputed” in paper pulled for plagiarism

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But I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff
But I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

—Bob Marley

A group of pharmacologists in Japan has retracted their 2012 article in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics for plagiarism. But not, they note, for any other reason.

The article, “Suppression of efflux transporters in the intestines of endotoxin-treated rats,” came from researchers in the Department of Drug Absorption and Pharmacokinetics in the School of Pharmacy at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. It has been cited once, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

According to the retraction notice:

This article has been retracted at the request of Publisher Drug Metabolism and Disposition.

The authors have plagiarized text of a paper that had already appeared in Drug Metab Dispos 32 (2004) 20–27,

The integrity of the research findings in the retracted article is undisputed.

The Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

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