There is a worrying report by Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines series from Madhya Pradesh about unethical practices pertaining to drug trials by international pharma companies:
“Outsourced: Clinical trials overseas”: As US pharmaceutical companies move their operations abroad, India has become a testing ground for trial medicines. – Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines
The Palliative Care community in India has always stood for ethical medical practices. Let us hope that we become in no way any part of any exploitation of patients in the name of research.
But wait a minute. We are by no means condemning research in India – whether it is national or international. Pallium India does do its share of need-based research – mostly to do with social research on issues pertaining to palliative care.
As Jawaharlal Nehru said, because we are a poor country, we cannot afford not to do research. But we certainly condemn any exploitation of the poor and the illiterate in the name of research.