ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Egregious Nexus

This is in response to the EPW editorial “On Trial and Found Wanting” (12 October 2013). The first step to a clinical trial (CT) naturally is obtaining the informed, free and complete consent of the subjects involved and their right to question, also to withdraw from the trial at any point. Failing so miserably at the first hurdle towards conducting a safe and legitimate CT clearly leaves no hope for the thousands of poor, illiterate and helpless Indians falling into this vicious trap.

There are reports which show that doctors find it much more lucrative to conduct CTs than their practice. It is even more unfortunate that doctors are known to attach caveats for treating the needy which forces them into CTs in order for them to receive treatment.

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