Hospitals run by the government are the biggest clinical trial labs in Telangana and Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences which top the charts with about 21 clinical facilities out of the 200 in the state.
Meanwhile around 339 dangerous cases of deaths were reported in the country during the last year out of which only one case of abortion was reported in NIMS.
A study of clinical trials registry data of ICMR by TOI has revealed that out of 571 clinical trials in Telangana region and the state, around 50 percent of them were a part of NIMS which was in a list constituted by Gandhi Hospital, Osmania General Hospital, MNJ Cancer Institute, and Niloufer Hospital. Though clinical trials have approval from the ethics committee, legal experts suggest for trails choosing government hospitals is sensitive.
Former central information commissioner Professor Madabhushi Sridhar said that most of the patients who come to government hospitals are poor or belong to the lower middle class by social strata and illiterate by education. The consent issues have to be verified. If the person who is signing the consent form is not informed properly, he may sign or put a thumb impression and give an unlikely consent. The government has to research into this aspect, he said.
NIMS ethics committee chief Dr. N Kavitha Reddy stated, most of the clinical trials are ICMR-related in NIMS and just a few are authorized by drug companies. The trials are mainly related to oncology, neurology and nephrology wings, she added.