Clinical Trials in India: When Profit Trumps Morals

Dr. Anand Rai, who blew the whistle on a clinical-trial scandal in Indore. Photo by Dr. Anand Rai via Wikimedia commons. In January 2013 the Indian Supreme Court issued the following statement: ”It pains us that illiterate people and the children of India are being used as guinea pigs by the multinational drug companies … uncontrolled clinical trials are creating havoc in the country.” Over the past seven years, an  increasing amount of stories about negligently conducted clinical trials in India appeared in the international media. Is the country’s highest judicial authority needed to protect its people from the pharmaceutical industry?

by Anna Scholz