Saturday, October 27, 2007

New drugs tested on the poor of India

I usually don't write about such stuff, but here goes. I just saw foreign drug companies using poor patients in Indian hospitals, mostly unknowingly, for clinical trials of new drugs. Now the question being asked is whether the patient's consent was had before the trial was conducted. But for me it's the fact that poor people are willing to risk their life in India if it means free medication. They just barely live, anyways. And I saw this on a foreign channel, Australia network. I for one, will never step into an Indian hospital after seeing that TV episode.

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