A judge sentenced a Gadsden, Ala., doctor to four years and nine months in prison for falsifying information in an antibiotic drug study.
At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler also ordered Anne Campbell, M.D., 46, to pay a $557,251.22 fine and $925,774.61 in restitution to Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
The drug company sponsored a study to determine the safety and effectiveness of Keteck, a new antibiotic for respiratory tract infections.
Campbell pleaded guilty Oct. 23, 2003, to one count of mail fraud stemming from her actions as an investigator conducting a drug trial for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.
Campbell falsified the number of trial participants and then submitted the data to Aventis and to PPD Development. She was to be paid $400 for each of the 407 study participants she enrolled.
The FDA found only 59 out of 170 subjects interviewed met the study's criteria. U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said one of the subjects did not exist.
Campbell's attorney suggested the penalty be lessened because she had some valid study participants.
"To say she gets credit for some of them is not within my personal realm of logic," Coogler said.
Campbell is expected to surrender her medical license.