Clinical Trials of New Drugs Kept on Halt: SC

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 30 September 2013, 11:35 Hrs
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 Bangalore: The Supreme Court has recently directed that until new stringent laws are passed, no clinical trials will be allowed to carry out in India. This is mainly to ensure safety and to protect the lives of people on whom drugs are being tried out, reports rediff.com.

A bench led by Justice R M Lodha asserted that a system must be introduced to protect the lives of the citizens and further instigated the Union government not to allow clinical trials for untested medicines.
The bench also suggested the Centre to consider opinions of several stakeholders in implementing the mechanism to avoid any serious and adverse impact caused by the drugs.

On the other hand, the Centre promised the apex court that it will not permit clinical trials for 162 drugs which were earlier allowed.

Earlier, the court had already held that certain compulsory values are supposed to be followed on clinical trials of untested drugs on humans and had also directed the government to set up a mechanism to keep a check on such drugs.
According to the apex court, the illegal tasks of testing drugs on men are mostly conducted by multinational pharmaceutical companies who outsource the work to unregulated research organizations. The court blamed the government who was unable to stop such rackets and havoc that caused deaths to innocent lives. So, the court had ordered that all clinical trials will be carried out under the supervision of the Union Health Secretary.

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