Greek authorities probe illegal clinical studies on elderly peopleBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1398-c (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1398
- Jane Burgermeister
Prosecutors in Greece are investigating claims that elderly people have been used for clinical studies without their knowledge.
According to a leaked report by health inspectors, residents of an old people's home in Athens were allegedly used in a clinical study on their cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations without their written consent.
It alleged that other clinical trials, including a study on the resistance of pneumococcus to penicillin, were also carried out on dozens of residents, again without their knowledge.
The studies were allegedly funded by a drug …