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Doctor in India arrested over irregularities trial of vaccine

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7194.1308-b (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1308

This article has been updated (19/06/2018)


In 2009 the Court of Sessions of Greater Bombay acquitted Dr Ishwar Gilada from all offences brought against him in relation to the patient Girdhar Verma. The Court held that there was no evidence to show that HIV vaccines were imported or provided by Dr Gilada to Verma, who died in 1998, or to any other patient. It added that there was no evidence to show that the deceased was treated by Dr Gilada over the relevant period.
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

Indian police have arrested a doctor in Bombay and charged him with arranging clandestine trials of an unapproved vaccine on people in the city who are infected with HIV. The police have charged Dr Ishwar Gilada, founder-director of a non-governmental agency working with HIV patients, of "providing misleading information to patients" and "causing death from negligence."

The alleged trial included giving a vaccine based on a strain of bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV), to ten Bombay residents with …

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