Man jailed for faking clinical trial data

A Cambridgeshire man has been jailed for faking data for a clinical trial, health regulators said.

Steven Eaton, 47 was working at the Edinburgh branch of US pharmaceutical firm Aptuit when he came up with the scam.

He was sentenced to three months in prison for altering pre-clinical trial data, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said.

He has become the first person in the UK to be jailed under the scientific safety laws.

Investigators from the MHRA discovered Eaton had been selectively reporting research data since 2003. Aptuit spotted something was wrong and reported it to the authorities in 2009.

An MHRA spokesman said the data manipulation ensured an experiment was deemed successful when it had failed.