Scandal of drugtrial fraud by doctors
By Chris Boffey
TWENTY cases of alleged fraud by doctors involved in clinical trials of
drugs are being investigated by pharmaceutical companies and the General
Doctors are accused of accepting money to conduct the tests and then
falsifying the results. In some cases, it is claimed, patient consent forms
have been forged.
The unprecedented number of cases have come to light following the scandal
of Dr John Anderton, a senior renal consultant and former registrar at the
Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, who was struck off last month for
conducting a sham study over 15 months of the antiangina drug amlodipine.
Trials by doctors with their patients' consent are vital in discovering
whether new drugs work and if they have any sideeffects.
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