If You Fake It You Will Get Caught

May 3, 2013

Here is another fine example of what can happen when you fake information, from the BBC News, “Scientist Steven Eaton Jailed For Falsifying Drug Test Results.” Steven Eaton worked at the US pharmaceutical company Aptuit’s Edinburgh branch in 2009, when he cooked up a scam to falsify experiment results on a cancer drug. The results failed, but he changed them and had his plan worked cancer patients would have been severely harmed. He has become the first person in the United Kingdom to be jailed under scientific safety laws.

Eaton’s bosses realized that his work was fraudulent after deep scrutiny and quickly reported him to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Not surprising, Eaton is no longer a scientist and he has been jailed for three months. Further sentence has been deferred to receive a character report on him.

“Sheriff Michael O’Grady said: ‘I feel that my sentencing powers in this are wholly inadequate. You failed to test the drugs properly – you could have caused cancer patients unquestionable harm. Why someone who is as highly educated and as experienced as you would embark on such a course of conduct is inexplicable.’”

It is nice to know that corporations are looking out for the underdog by not putting bad products on shelves. All industries are under scrutiny these days, so it makes you wonder when the SEO field will be targeted.

Whitney Grace, May 03, 2013

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