Drug trails should follow proper procedures: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Monday, court has issued a notice to the Union Government on a plea of the NGO, Swasthya Adhikar Manch, seeking investigation of “illegal and unethical” clinical trials of drugs and directed pharmaceutical companies and hospitals to conduct these trials by getting approval of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

“There are certain procedures for clinical trial and the apex body needs to be 100% sure that all these procedures are followed step-by-step. Even the drug controller general of India sees to it that the procedure is followed properly,” Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

The multinational medical companies are not conduct trials as per procedures and this cause of putting dangerous impact on the life of people on whom the tests are being carried out.

Like the cancer clinical trial which conducted on young girls in Andhra Pradesh without their consent, this may prove to be much horrible threat for health of people. As per death record, 1,727 people died in four years from 2007 to 2010 because of this.

However Indian pharma products are supply over 212 countries and around 150 countries using our vaccines. It should be necessary for India to have extremely well and clinical trials people friendly that enhance medical science growth.

By seeing such threatening record and now avoiding such issue related to public health, the govt. has made compulsion for drugs firm to getting the approval by the DCGI for clinical trials. Six week time period has been given to the Union Government for being replied of the notice along with the consent of the participants. If not, the DCGI will track down illegal trials and stop them.

Azad also informed that through compulsory drug trials, the Health Ministry has come up with a new tracking system that finds the actual number of children being vaccinated by maintaining a record on their name, address and telephone number.

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