MP docs yet to pay for drug trial

MP docs yet to pay for drug trial

The 12 Madhya Pradesh government doctors on whom the state had slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 three years ago for secret drug trials on children, women and patients, are yet pay the fine.

According to the Directorate of Medical Education, from 2006-2010, 12 government paediatricians at the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (MGM), Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya Avum Anusandhan Kendra and Department of Medicines and Neurology at the Maharaja Yashwant Rao (MY) Hospital, Indore, performed clinical trial of untested drugs on several patients.

The unethical clinical trial was conducted on people from a wide age group, including a two-day-old new born, 80-year-old men and women and the mentally-challenged.
In the 76 clinical trials on 3,307 subjects, 32 patients died, while 49 others developed serious adverse complications which left them to fight for their lives with horrific side-effects of the drug that could not have been predicted.

On December 31, 2011, the state government imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the doctors of autonomous medical colleges and hospitals attached with them for conducting drug trial on children and mentally-challenged people.

The government directed chief medical and health ufficer, Indore, to seek details from president of Nursing Home Association and president of Indian Medical Association, Indore.

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