Clinical Researchers Sentenced in Connection with Scheme to Falsify Drug Trial Data

On 11 August 2021 the US Department of Justice sentenced clinical researchers in connection with scheme to falsify clinical drug trial data.

A federal judge sentenced a Florida nurse practitioner and a Florida woman to prison terms today in connection with their participation in a conspiracy to falsify data related to clinical drug trials.

U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez of the Southern District of Florida sentenced Eduardo Navarro, 52, of Miami, to 46 months in prison, and Nayade Varona, 50, of Port St. Lucie, to 30 months in prison. The court also ordered the defendants to pay $2,134,503 in restitution. According to court documents, Navarro and Varona worked at a clinical research site called Tellus Clinical Research (Tellus). Navarro, a nurse practitioner, was a sub-investigator at Tellus, and Varona was an assistant study coordinator. As part of their plea agreements, Navarro and Varona admitted that they conspired with others to falsify data in connection with two clinical trials by, among other things, fabricating medical records to make it appear as though subjects were participating in the clinical trials when, in truth, they were not.

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