Updated on 12 July 2013
Of course, things have changed since 2009 when it has been made mandatory to register all clinical trials with the government. Further changes were introduced in February 2013, which makes it compulsory for clinical investigators to have full details of all participants and their families so that compensation could reach them if something goes wrong. At a meeting organized by the USA India Chamber of Commerce (USAIC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in mid-June, government unveiled the new guidelines on clinical trials. The galaxy of pharma industry leaders from the US and India present there nod in agreement with the new guidelines.
It is high time the clinical-trials industry, having more than 100 member companies, looks itself in the mirror, makes available the Rs 50-60 lakh compensation amount, identify the families of the 19 victims and remove the Damocle's Sword hanging over it for such a small issue. It can get on with the job of testing tomorrow's blockbuster and life saving drugs without any fear then.