OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL
NGOs working for the gas victims have welcomed the Supreme Court directives regarding drug trials.
Local gas NGOs had also raised the issue of drug trial on gas victims in Bhopal Memorial Hospital Re
search Centre ( BMHRC).
The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centres response on a PIL seeking inquiry into alleged illegal clinical trials of untested drugs in various states of the country.
A bench of Justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale issued notice to the Centre, health ministry and Medical Council of India seeking their replies on the petition.
The court passed the order on a PIL filed by Indore- based NGO Swasthya Adhikar Manch which sought appointment of an expert committee to regulate the clinical trials done by many multinational pharmaceutical companies.
The petitioner- NGO pointed out various cases of illegal drug trials going on in the country and said that such trials must be stopped immediately and requested the apex courts intervention in the matter.
Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group for Information and Action, said, ” We welcome the Supreme Courts move as drug trials is a big problem. Big Hospitals including BMHRC hide reports regarding drug trial”. Bhopal Gas Peedhit Mahila Udyog Sagathans Abdul Jabbar said, ” It is good. This way the Supreme Court will set a precedent as drug trial is a problem. Gas victims are worst sufferers.
Now this Supreme Court directive is a ray of hope to check the drug trial”.