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Indian researchers accused of violating ethical guidelines

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:60
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

Medical experts in India have accused government doctors of violating national guidelines on clinical ethics by treating patients in Mumbai with a new and unproved treatment developed abroad without insisting on parallel studies outside India. Wary of India's attractiveness as a site for clinical trials, the Indian government has maintained a policy of rejecting clinical trials of unproved treatments developed outside India when they are carried out only on Indian patients.

But doctors at the Institute of Immunohaematology, a centre of the Indian Council of Medical Research, used a stem cell therapy developed by a biotechnology firm based in Dublin and London to treat four patients with aplastic anaemia …

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