A petty fine of just 5,000 rupees ($94) each on 12 doctors for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities has triggered an outcry among Indian activists. The Madhya Pradesh state government said the tests had not been cleared by health authorities, and it added that the doctors refused to disclose further details citing patient confidentiality laws. Anand Rai, a doctor who acted as a whistle-blower over the case, told AFP on Tuesday he was angered and frustrated that the scale of the punishment would not deter future illegal trials. "The Madhya Pradesh government has now slapped a nominal 5,000-rupee penalty on the 12 government doctors who were involved in the bizarre case," he said. "The penalty was for their failure to inform about the trials." "All drug trials were performed on patients who had gone to these government hospitals for routine treatment. It's a criminal offence to put them under drug trials without their consent." Ajay Singh, the leader of opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, described the fine as "ridiculous". The doctors, two of whom denied any wrong-doing to AFP, are alleged to have been paid by companies to conduct trials in the central city of Indore on drugs to treat sexual dysfunction and other problems.Source: AFP << Deprivation Of Nap Could Make Children Feel Insecure Exercise Lowers Bowel Cancer Risk >> Recommended Reading Clinical Trials Clinical trials are experiments that yield useful information to clinicians if a particular treatment is of any value to a patient. READ MORE Clinical Trials - Different Phases of the trial Clinical trials serve as a vital component for improving the treatment of medical conditions as they lead to higher standards of patient care. READ MORE Clinical Trials - The Past and The Future Many of the drugs that are used today have been discovered by chance or often by mere serendipity READ MORE Drugs Banned in India Several drugs are either banned or withdrawn after introduction in the market. READ MORE Drug Toxicity Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a drug, reaction to a drug or drug abuse. READ MORE Is Your Man Moody? Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have frequent mood swings. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Diaphragmatic Hernia Sanatogen Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: Drug ToxicityClinical TrialsClinical Trials - The Past and The FutureClinical Trials - Different Phases of the trialHeight and Weight-KidsSignature Drug ToxicityIs Your Man Moody?