The 47 years old scientist Steven Eaton was convicted of falsifying the test results in a research for anti-cancer drugs and due to this he was sent to jail for three months.
In 2009 he was working for pharmaceutical firm Aptuit, when he falsified test results hoping to make Aptuit allow him begin trials on human cancer patients. Hopefully the company has all corporate documents in place.
If he had had success with his plans, the health of cancer patients would have been threatened.
When Aptuit officials found out what was happening they immediately reported Eaton to the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK’s regulator for medicines.
It was proved that Eaton had been selectively reporting data from as far back as 2003.
Because of the misreported data he used to give, sponsors had to pay extra cost of studies.
This man was the first to be jailed under the 1999 Good Laboratory Practice Regulations, and only the second to be prosecuted under the legislation as the maximum sentence he could receive was a three-month prison sentence.
Sheriff O’Gardy regretted he did not have the power to give orders for a tougher sentence as these actions could have harmed seriously cancer patients.
“Why someone who is as highly educated and as experienced as you would embark on such a course of conduct is inexplicable.”
Gerald Heddell from the MHRA said: “The sentence sends a message that we will not hesitate to prosecute those whose actions have the potential to harm public health.”