Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The new venues of trial

The Body Hunters
Sonia Shah

Fleeing from the empty test clinics of the West, drugmakers have come in search of better places where the sick are abundant, and costs low, writes Sonia Shah in The Body Hunters ( ). Destinations, as you can well imagine, are the developing countries.

“In the US investigators reject proposals that require their subjects undergo painful, invasive procedures.” Not so in the new venues of trial. The book cites a doctor as saying he was approached to conduct a trial that required him to “surgically insert telescopic devices into women’s abdomens that were ten times bigger than he and other doctors had been using for years.”

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