Mumbai: A Parliamentary committee has uncovered a nexus between doctors, government bodies and pharmacy companies to approve new drugs without the mandatory clinical trials.
The doctors from top hospitals wrote to the country's Drug Controller General, to allow new drugs to be marketed, without clinical trials - a shocking lapse, highlighted in this Parliamentary standing committee report.
Drug expert CM Gulati said, "All of them are compromised. We've got the evidence from the committee that doctors have written identical letters, three doctors have written a letter to the Director General of India requesting to violate the laws and approve a particular drug without clinical trial."
Drug expert Vikas Dandekar said, "Unapproved drugs have been allowed to be marketed in India, questionable combinations have been allowed to be marketed in India, so all of these will have to be probed very closely. And this will definitely blow up into a big issue."...more
06:16 AM, May 14, 2012