Indian Supreme Court tells government to act on illegal clinical trials

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f51
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

The Supreme Court of India has said that the government failed to put in place proper mechanisms to stop “rackets” being committed by multinational companies that conduct illegal clinical trials and has asked it to deal with the problem urgently.

The court told the health secretary in the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to directly monitor clinical trials of drugs on humans to ensure that statutory procedures were followed. The court order stated that “until further order by this Court, clinical trials …

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