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Unethical Clinical Trials

The 72nd Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare’s report on the “Alleged Irregularities in the Conduct of Studies Using Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine by PATH in India” was presented in the Rajya Sabha and laid on the table in the Lok Sabha on 30 August 2013. We welcome the report and commend its candid, transparent contents, which reflect the committee’s acknowledgement of the unethical nature of the HPV trials by PATH (a global non-governmental organisation that claims to be “a catalyst for global health”) and recommendation for remedial action.

According to this 72nd report, the committee has been looking into the issue of HPV trials on children in Andhra Pradesh (Khammam district) and Gujarat (Vadodara district) since April 2010 following reports of deaths of some of the children. The report states that PATH, by carrying out the clinical trial on the pretext of observation/demonstration, has violated all laws and regulations laid down for clinical trials by the Government of India.

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