UK's first gay couple Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow have been cleared of all the charges related to their company Euroderm Research that conducted tests for dermatological and cosmetic products. They were charged with faking the results of clinical trials.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had charged the couple of letting participants take part in trials more than
once, failing to complete consent forms correctly and making a false
application for an ethics committee opinion by saying Barrie was a
nurse when he did not hold the necessary qualifications.
The couple said the judge threw out the charges over concerns about the disclosure of evidence by the MHRA, which prosecuted the case. The judge has ordered a full investigation into the agency's handling of the case.Â