Former University of Minnesota Social Worker Sanctioned

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A former University of Minnesota social worker has been sanctioned by the state of Minnesota in the 2004 suicide of a drug study participant, WDAY News reported Tuesday.

Dan Markinson, a schizophrenia patient involved in the study, died in May 2004, during a clinical trial of antipsychotic drugs, according to the Star Tribune. His death led to a lawsuit, a federal probe and big changes in the school's ethics standards for clinical trials.

Jean Kenney, the former social worker, reached an agreement Friday with the Minnesota Board of Social Work that requires her to complete 18 hours of training and write a report on whether it alters her view of her conduct in the drug trial.

Kenney made errors in Markingson's care during the study. Kenney said she was simply "acting under ... supervision and in accordance to the protocols that had been approved."

The agreement asserts that Kenney wrote incorrect drug dosages and made clinical observations about Markingson that were beyond her "scope of practice as a social worker."

The university was cleared by the FDA in regards to the case.

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