Jailed for Faking Data

A researcher working for a US pharmaceutical company’s Scotland branch is sent to prison for falsifying safety test data on experimental drugs due for clinical trials.

By | April 18, 2013

WIKIMEDIA, STEAKPINBALLA British scientist has this week (April 17) been sentenced to 3 months in prison for falsifying pre-clinical data for experimental drugs, reported The Daily Telegraph. It is the first time a researcher has been jailed under scientific regulation laws introduced in the United Kingdom in 1999.

Steven Eaton, who worked at US pharmaceutical company Aptuit’s site near Edinburgh, Scotland, performed liquid chromatography analyses to assess drug concentrations in blood, which helps to determine what doses of drug can safely be given to subjects in clinical trials. But in 2009, supervisors at Aptuit noticed irregularities in Eaton’s work and tipped off the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The subsequent investigation found that since 2003, Eaton had been manipulating calibrations such that his analyses were flawed—and may have persuaded his colleagues that drugs were suitable for clinical trials when in fact they were not.

“Mr. Eaton’s actions directly impacted on the validity of clinical trials and delayed a number of medicines coming to market,” Gerald Heddell, director of inspection, enforcement, and standards at the MHRA, told The Telegraph. “This conviction sends a message that we will not hesitate to prosecute those whose actions have the potential to harm public health.”

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April 18, 2013


Alleluia !  For over one year now I repeat on Retraction Watch that:


Jail and/or hefty fines should be extended also to the editors/publishers/institutions who, instead of Doing_the_Right_Thing in cases of obvious and straightforward misconduct, actively do cover up the fraudulent authors, thus become associates in conspiracy to obtain public money by deception.

As I have suggested on RW, it's time to establish within FBI a department to deal with Academic Fraud. This will save every year hundreds of millions (if not billions) of tax-payers’ dollars which can be better used, especially now in time of austerity. It will be highly efficient as well – just set up a website for tip-offs and offer a symbolic reward for providing information which proves the fraud. All the evidence is out there (i.e. in the publications/submissions, etc.) accessible for everyone and can not be destroyed, for bad luck of the fraudsters.

This will be beneficial for everyone: for all hard-working tax payers; for all honest researchers, reviewers, editors, publishers; for all users of peer reviewed publications, and in long-term even for the potential offenders as well.


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