Telangana appoints committee to probe clinical trials controversy

By Author  |  Published: 6th Dec 2017  8:48 pmUpdated: 6th Dec 2017  8:53 pm
File Photo: Finance Minister Etela Rajender

Karimnagar: Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender informed that in the wake of a series of clinical trials cases unearthed in the district, the State government has appointed a committee to probe cases across the State.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Rajender said that though the government has no business with the clinical trials issue, which was Drug Control General of India’s subject, the State government has appointed a five-member committee led by Justice Gopal Reddy on July 5.

Maintaining that the committee’s recommendations would be sent to DCGI, he made it clear that severe action would be taken against the pharma companies if they had done any mistake while doing clinical trials.

Poor people from the district were going for clinical trials in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai. It is being done during the last 20 to 30 years. He appealed the youths not to damage their health by accepting clinical trials for the sake of money and asked the victims to submit their details if they were having any health problems.

The Minister promised to sanction loans under SC, ST, and BC categories for treatment and would organise job melas in Jammikunta and Huzurabad.

On the other hand, a clinical trial victim, Boga Suresh, who escaped from MGM hospital on Tuesday while undergoing treatment, surrendered before Jammikunta police on Wednesday.