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Clinical drug trials on poor women: two mediators held

Posted by on June 17, 2011 0 Comment

Guntur: Piduguralla police on Friday arrested two women on charges of luring poor women to serve as ‘guinea pigs’ for clincal trials of drugs for a Hyderabad–based pharmaceutical company.

The police said that the two mediators, identified as Jamila and Karunamma, had lured 20 women to undergo clinical trials for a drug being develop to treat breast cancer by the Hyderabad based pharmaceutical company. The human ‘guinea pigs’ were paid nearly Rs 10,000 each.

The women, who were administered injections and subjected to blood tests after being taken to Hyderabad by the mediators, developed swelling in the joints, severe body pains and extreme weakness.

The case came to light late on Thursday and District Medical and Health Officer M Gopi Naik ordered an inquiry into the incident.

The 20 women were admitted to government hospitals where their condition is being monitored.

Meanwhile, activists of the Communist Party of India organized a huge rally protesting against the clinical trials on the poor women.

The activsts demanded stern action against the pharmaceutical company and compensation to the 20 women.(INN)

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