August 20, 2008
Indian Health Authorities Orders Probe into Infant Deaths
Indian health authorities orders probe into infant deaths
NEW DELHI, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Indian Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) to order a high-level probe into the death of 49 children during clinical trials in the institute on Tuesday.
"It is a matter of great concern that 49 babies have died over the past two-and-a-half years," party spokesman Manish Tiwari told reporters at a briefing.
"The practice of using infants like guinea pigs for drug testing must end." Tiwari said, "India appears to be a cheaper destination than anywhere else in the world for such trials". He pointed out that the number of babies involved in other country were fewer.
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