New Delhi: Procedures for clinical trials in India will be further streamlined and a panel of experts set up to analyse the cause of injury or death and to recommend quantum of compensation to victims, the Government today said. Replying to a Calling Attention Motion on the issue in Rajya Sabha, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government proposed to strengthen the rules by incorporating certain new provisions soon. He said the proposed Committee of Experts would give its recommendations for compensation in case of injury or death during clinical trials to the Drug Controller of India (DCGI), to decide the final amount within three months. The Minister said the proposals include that "in case of injury, the sponsor will provide medical care to the person concerned as long as required" and "there would be specific provision in Rules for payment of compensation to the affected persons/their nominees for trial related injuries/death".
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