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Book pharmas using humans as `guinea pigs`: TDP

Last Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 19:08

Hyderabad: Principal opposition TDP on Saturday asked Andhra Pradesh government to immediately file criminal cases against pharmaceutical firms that used humans as `guinea pigs` and also pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to each victim.

The party also wanted a committee to be constituted to
probe into the activities of these pharmaceutical companies.

In a statement here, TDP women legislators Jonnakuti
Vanita, K Lalita Kumari, D Anasuya and Hemalatha said the
Congress government had turned a blind eye to the activities
of the pharma companies though instances of humans being used
as `guinea pigs` for clinical trials had come to light earlier
too.

"The instances of humans being used as guinea pigs for
clinical trials have increased in the state in the last four
years. Previously such cases were reported from Vizianagaram
and Khammam districts but the state government failed to take
any action, throwing the responsibility on the Centre," they
said.

The lackadaisical attitude of the Government was
encouraging pharma companies to go ahead with their illegal
acts, they stated, adding as a result, poor and gullible
people, particularly in rural areas, were falling victims to
these firms.

The government yesterday sought a report from health
officials on clinical trials allegedly conducted by a pharma
company on a group of poor women in Guntur who later
complained of side effects.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 19:08

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