New Delhi: Trials to develop a vaccine against cervical cancer have been put on hold following reported death of patients during the process, government told the Rajya Sabha today. In a written reply in the House, Minister of State for Health and Family Affairs Sudip Bandyopadhyay said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued guidelines for research studies and on ethical practice and consent-taking of subjects during these trials. Informing the House that an NGO along with the ICMR had conducted trials in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, he said "both the trials are suspended as of today" following reports of irregularities in trial by the organisation. The Minister also said that in 2011, a total of 1,05,740 cervical cancer cases were reported in the country. In 2010 and 2009, 1,03,821 and 1,01,938 cases of cervical cancer were reported in the country.
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