Medical ‘Guinea Pigs’ for #Cervical #Cancer Studies, 254 Poor #Women Killed in #India

guinea pigsNew Delhi, April 20, 2014

 The death of 254  women from poor families from villages and slums in India,  who were participants in  US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.

This follows a row for these same clinical trials in 2010 when four teenage girls taking part in the  test study of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines died.  The Indian government was accused of loaning its citizens to western medical companies for use as guinea pigs to test dangerous vaccines.  The subjects were selected from the poorest sections of India and did not have adequate education to make informed choices.  The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and run by the international health charity PATH and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), vaccinated more than 23,000 girls aged 10–14 against HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.  The Indian government had said, the girls had died of other causes that were not related to the vaccine.

However, after a case was filed with the United States Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) it was determined that the women were not given adequate information to give informed consent.The studies were by US National Cancer Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

 

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Row-over-clinical-trial-as-254-Indian-women-die/articleshow/34016785.cms

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110622/full/474427a.html

http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-october-2013/care-and-consent-fraught-ethics-international-clinical-trials.html

http://www.bihardays.com/making-living-guinea-pig-india-clinical-trials-drug-companies/

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn and commented:
    Shame on you Bill + Melinda Gates

  2. Reblogged this on auguries14.

  3. It is a very sad news that Indian government is allowing such kind of medical trial, by providing innocent and poor people. Rather then emphasizing on such clinical trial Indian government can try and can do more research on its own treatments like Immunotherapy.

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