Azad Says Drug Trials Should Follow Procedures

by Sheela Philomena on  February 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM Indian Health News
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Clinical trials should be as per laid down procedures, says Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
 Azad Says Drug Trials Should Follow Procedures
Azad Says Drug Trials Should Follow Procedures

"Clinical trials have to be there, but going for a clinical trial for testing any medicine on human being, there is a laid down procedure," Azad said, reacting to the apex court's notice to the central government on a plea seeking investigation into illegal and unethical clinical trials.

"...Sometimes the companies don't go by the laid down procedures and it causes great harm to persons and individuals on which this test is carried out," the health minister said on the sidelines of a conference in Bangalore.

"Supreme Court might have said that if any test has to be carried out, it has to be carried out based on procedures."

A Supreme Court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha issued notice on a plea by Madhya Pradesh-based Swasthya Adhikar Manch that, in a large number of cases, multinational corporations were using contract research organisations for carrying out clinical trials of their drugs which are not even approved.

Counsel Sanjay Parikh, appearing for the petitioner NGO, told the court that, as a consequence of these illegal clinical trials, a total of 1,727 patients have died in four years from 2007 to 2010.

The central government has been asked to respond to the notice within six weeks.

Source: IANS

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AYUSH Department has failed to follow the guidelines, it has not even approved but allowed hundreds of untested drugs to Government Institutions.The Officers of the Department were directly involved with the companies through their kith and kins.Number of Companies from abroad are selling their products as supplements for cancer, AIDS or other chronic ailments without any check.The majority of the drugs procured by Government does not have any evidence of efficacy and also contain heavy metals which are health hazard. I appeal to Hon'ble Union Health Minister not to allow any drug which contain heavy metals in Government Institutions in the country.Ban five senses test for approval of Ayurvedic Drugs . Every drug procured by Government and semi Government Organization must have under gone proper clinical study.Direction for the withdrawal of all drugs containing heavy metals should be issued. Direct involvement of Union Health Minister will give India qualitative and efficacious Drug in the days to come. All the Drugs/Nutrients/Supplements with foreign labels must be put for screening before allowing them permission


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