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This question of payment to healthy volunteers in clinical trials
(according to risk) poses another Pandora box.
This question becomes more relevant to developing countries like
India where most of ethics committees' consider this practice unethical.
At times, it becomes difficult to conduct any drug trial in patients due
to this payment rider.
I hope the scientists will comment on the unethical aspects of
payment to patients/volunteers.
No competing interests
26 October 2009
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Consultant in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry
Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi, INDIA