New Delhi: The Supreme Court has hauled up the Centre on clinical drug trials in the country. Issuing notices to all state governments on Monday, the apex court asked them if they were being kept in the loop by the government on the clinical trials.
The court further sought details from the Centre on four aspects of the trials. These included: The number of clinical trials that have taken place between 2005 and 2012; if any death took place during these years; in cases of death, if any compensation was given and; if there had been any side effects of the drugs that were tested.
An RTI earlier this year had revealed that Bhopal gas tragedy victims were being used as guniea pigs for drug trials in hospitals. At least 12 victims had died in the illegal drug trials till July this year. The Supreme Court came down heavily on the Madhya Pradesh government and the Centre after an NGO filed a PIL. CNN-IBN had shown in 2010 how drug trials were being conducted in hospitals in Madhya Pradesh.