Medical ‘Guinea Pigs’ for #Cervical #Cancer Studies, 254 Poor #Women Killed in #India
The death of 254 women from poor families from villages and slums in India, who were participants in US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.
This follows a row for these same clinical trials in 2010 when four teenage girls taking part in the test study of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines died. The Indian government was accused of loaning its citizens to western medical companies for use as guinea pigs to test dangerous vaccines. The subjects were selected from the poorest sections of India and did not have adequate education to make informed choices. The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and run by the…
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