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Greek authorities probe illegal clinical studies on elderly people

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1398
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    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 …

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