Indore Hospital: Kids used for drug tests

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Bhopal, Jul 15: The use of guinea pigs in scientific experimentation is very common but, the cruelty of the people has reached to such an extent that even the children now, are playing similar roles for drug trials. In a one of the cases in Indore, Nehru hospital has subjected atleast 1883 children to drug trials - a fact that has not been acknowledged till now.

This fact has been revealed when Paras Sacklecha, an Independent MLA from Ratlam, has discovered this issue through an RTI application. The possible forging of these records means that no one can locate these children. Though Sacklecha sought their addresses under the Right to Information (RTI) but they were denied to him.

The records also contain other inconsistencies - in 12 cases children who were said to have undergone the trials were born much later than the dates provided for the trials.

"The doctors have taken advantage of illiteracy and poverty of the wards of kids who were subjected to drug trials. Fake records have been provided. There is no record of what happened to these kids. Weather they are dead or alive," said Paras Sacklecha.

"We had formed a committee to look into the matter, the committee has given its recommendations and soon we are going to come up with a law on this," said Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Mahendra Hardia.

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