Clinical trials of untested drugs creating havoc: SC

New Delhi, Thu Jan 03 2013

The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the Centre for its failure to stop illegal clinical trials of untested drugs by multinational companies, saying the drug trials are creating “havoc” in the country and causing death of many citizens.

The apex court said that the government has gone into “deep slumber” on the issue and has failed to put in place proper mechanisms to stop “rackets” of multinational companies, which are conducting illegal clinical trials.

A Bench of Justices R M Lodha and A R Dave said in its interim order that all clinical trials will be done under the supervision of the Health Secretary at the Centre.

“You have to protect health of citizens of the country. It is your obligation. Deaths must be arrested and illegal trials must be stayed,” the bench said, asking the government to handle the “menace” on an urgent basis. Read more