Illegal drug trials killed 10 Bhopal gas victims

Mail Today Science Bureau  | New Delhi, February 11, 2011


Mrs. Salma Bi, the widow of late Mr. Nasir Khan, a victim of December 1984 Bhopal gas disaster who died of drug trial, narrating her woes to newsmen


Ten victims of the Gas Leak in Bhopal have died during unethical drug trials being conducted among gas victims, five organisations campaigning for justice in the Union Carbide disaster case alleged on Thursday.

Only one of the seven trials being conducted among gas victims is being monitored by the Drug Controller General of India, according to information obtained from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation using the RTI Act.

Three gas victims have died because of the trial of the drug Televancin, five because of the drug Fondaparinux and two because of Tigecycline, the organisations alleged.

Documents also show that consultants of Bhopal Memorial Hospital benefited to the tune of over Rs 1 crore from drug companies including Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Sanofi whose drugs were tested on gas victims.


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