29 September 2010
A report in CPM’s People’s Democracy focuses on clinical trials on human subjects in India. It says there have been reports about deaths of trial subjects in AIIMS in 2008, and gross ethical violations have been alleged in trials of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer among adolescent girls in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat this year.
The boom in clinical trials, it says, can be explained by India’s incapacity to regulate them. “Companies are rushing to India to conduct trials which they would have problems in justifying in their home countries. This is happening in a situation where most patients in India are vulnerable because they have poor or no access to public health facilities,” it says.