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Youth from small villages in Warangal procured by organized gangs for clinical trials by pharma cos

A.Raju, Hyderabad
Thursday, December 07, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Many youth particularly from smaller villages in Warangal district of Telangana state are falling prey to agents and organized gangs, who are misleading the gullible unemployed youth offering large sums of money as bait, to take part in the clinical trials as subjects for testing new drugs on them.

In a recent case, Boga Suresh, a youth from Kothapally village of Jammikunta mandal in Warangal district, fell critically sick after undergoing clinical trials by pharma companies in Hyderabad and Bangalore. This brought to light such cases of illegal hiring of gullible unemployed youth from smaller villages for conducting clinical trials on them.

Boga Suresh reportedly underwent clinical trials for 15 times at laboratories in Benguluru and Hyderabad and spent 4 days at the clinical laboratories unconscious after being injected with anaesthesia. However, the entire episode of clinical trials came to light only when the youth fell critically sick and vomited blood and developed serious complications. He was immediately rushed to MGM Hospital in Warangal for treatment.

Some of the others  like Vangara Nagaraju (39) from Karimnagar and Chiluveri Ashok Kumar  have also been hired by the private clinical trial laboratories for conducting new drug testing on them. Six months ago Vangara Nagarjau who was hired by a Hyderabad based Pharma Company as clinical trial subject lost his life. In the case of Chiluveri Ashok Kumar, he developed psychological complications and is undergoing treatment in Mental Hospital at Erragadda.

After many such cases from the rural areas of Karimnagar and Warangal districts, Police Commissioner V.B. Kamalasan Reddy conducted a preliminary investigation and found out that these  youngsters are voluntarily opting to undergo clinical trials for quick money. However, the police are looking into cases of deaths due to clinical trial complications and booking cases against those companies responsible for the deaths. “After we got a complaint about one Vangara Nagaraju’s death due to clinical trial complications, we have summoned the officials of Bengaluru based Lotus Labs and also booked a case against Vimta labs under section 337 of IPC. We will initiate legal actions against all those who are responsible for the deaths and misleading the youth,” revealed the Police Commissioner.

According to some social activists and local politicians, it is shocking that despite many cases of illegal clinical trials being conducted by pharma companies by misleading and offering huge sums of money to youth, the police and the government are not serious enough to  take stringent action against the offenders.

 

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