Ofcourse the title sounds quite ambiguous, that what could be more precious than life but for the people who are helpless, homeless and hapless this is the mantra for a free medicated life... yes clinical trials in India are proving boon for the down trodden , for the people who could not afford exclusive and expensive drugs and medicines for the ailments that are difficult to understand and to pronounce..
India is becoming favourite destination for clinical trials.. Now what is "clinical trials"?? Its a procedure done by any pharmaceutical company to test the effects and side effects of any new drug or medicine that is ready to launch but they are not sure about the results, and for the same reason they try their product on the subject( may be a human being) for checking that is their output satisfying and apt.This whole trial is conducted in three stages. phase 1 includes the effects and side effects of the medicine, phase 2 deals with the time taken by the same to act ,react and dose range.. phase 3 deals with validating the effects of phase 2 i.e. is it safe to use or not??..
Although it sounds totally illegal to test your untested medicines on humans but ethically there is nothing wrong in it.. as its is necessary to get clearance from the DCGI (drugs controller general of India) before launching the product in the market that too in the Indian market
Moreover their is a special council for looking into the interest of the volunteers , which guides the manufacturer and keeps a keen eye on the company's policy towards the volunteers like whether the person is insured or not, all the allowances are being paid or not .. etc.
Its a wonderful idea and a lifesaving trigger for the people who cannot afford their life dependent medicines. Its not like that these trials are always successful, there are many cases in which the volunteer have died due to side effect or extra dosage or the adverse effect but in some cases the patient had came out in a well being and perfect state. In short its just like a small deal with your destiny where you have to risk your life for your life...
TO REGISTER FOR CLINICAL TRIALS- http://ctri.nic.in/Clinicaltrials/index.jsp