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Clinical Trials Paused as India Adopts New Rules

Science  26 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6144, pp. 327
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6144.327

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New clinical trials were halted after the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adopted rules that require broader compensation for participants and kin who claim to have been injured. The tougher regulations, coming in response to public protests over reported deaths in clinical trials last year, have stopped or delayed an unknown number of studies, including those sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The Indian government and Supreme Court are now working with trial sponsors to modify the rules.

  • * With reporting by Eliot Marshall.