Western pharmaceutical companies "colonized" India. As it turned out, it is in this country that most of the new drugs and vaccines are being tested
Wanting to earn money, Indians willingly risk their health. Over the past three years, 1,730 people have died in medical tests, writes The Independent. As British journalists write, in 2005 in India the norms for testing new medicines were weakened, which did not fail to take advantage of both Western pharmaceutical companies and many citizens of the country. Mostly the poor.
Changes in legislation have led to the fact that tens of thousands of Indians every year decide to risk their own health for monetary reward, and quite modest. Thus, a new profession appeared in India - the guinea pig.
Since 2005, more than 150,000 Indians have participated in 1,600 experimental drug trials in the country. Over the past three years, these experiments have killed 1,730 people. At the same time, pharmaceutical companies do not formally violate any laws - the contract of each “guinea pig” states that taking drugs that are not fully developed can lead to unpredictable consequences for his health. In addition, the "rabbits" themselves are well aware that each new pill or injection may be their last.
However, poverty pushes them time after time to this desperate step. International human rights activists are currently preparing an appeal to the Indian authorities with a request to toughen the law on conducting medical experiments in the country. Pharmaceutical companies spend $ 40 billion annually on new drug trials.
If most of the medical experiments sponsored by Western companies were conducted in Europe and the United States, the costs of firms would increase by more than 60%.