PIL alleges illegal drug trials, SC notice to Centre

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought the Centre`s response on a PIL seeking inquiry into alleged illegal clinical trials of untested drugs in various states of the country.

A bench of justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale issued notice to the Centre, Health Ministry and Medical Council of India seeking their replies on the petition.

The court passed the order on a PIL filed by Indore-based NGO Swasthya Adhikar Manch which sought appointment of an expert committee to regulate the clinical trials done by many multinational pharmaceutical companies.

The petitioner-NGO pointed out various cases of illegal drug trials going on in the country and said that such trials must be stopped immediately and requested the apex court`s intervention in the matter.

The bench, after hearing the petitioner`s arguments, agreed to hear the petition and issued notice in the case.