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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6
 

Clinical trials beyond the darker side?


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S G Damle
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.22827

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There is a new outsourcing boom in South Asia with India becoming a global hub for drug trials. It may also be heading towards providing the greatest source of human guinea pigs for the global drug industry. According to SciTech magazine, 'India is a nation of Guinea Pigs'. The magazine reported that a number of drugs are being tested in many centres across India to confirm their effectiveness

Why so many drug trials are being carried out in India? Because, most of the patients in India are from weaker sections of the society, for whom the benefits of taking part in the study would amount to windfall in the health care. Moreover, many of the poor-patients are "treatment naive", which means they have never received drugs for treatment - a fact that simplifies patient enrollment and trial management!

It is not surprising to know that untrained doctors also get financial rewards for conducting these trials. It is a fact that multinational companies reward high emoluments and vacation to foreign countries, hence a lot of private hospital doctors and Dental Surgeons have suddenly become researchers.

It is known in the scientific world that a solution to these unethical practices lies in restoring the lost faith in the profession. Be it Medicine or Dentistry 'Trust' remains the core value of the profession. It forms the social contract between the profession and the public, which has a high level of respect, regard, and confidence in the profession. Besides competency, the dignity of Doctor's professional status can remain intact only when he follows the ethics and moral values of the profession.

The doctor patient relationship is a personal and protective partnership and any disturbances in this partnership will have an impact on the efficiency and quality care rendered to the patients.

Transparency should be the hallmark of all trials. It is important to have clear international guidelines, with national laws backing them up. We as health professional should make sure that we follow the ethics of our noble profession. This will put an end to many of the deplorable experiments and clinical trials and prevent the poor and innocent people being treated as guinea pigs![Figure - 1]


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