Centre Puts the HPV Vaccine Project on Hold, Society Groups Report Violation of Guidelines

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Submitted by Pawan Shukla on 2010, April 8 – 13:47

The Centre has urged the State governments to suspend the operations of clinical trial until any further issue is stated. The authorities had to take the step in order to direct the programmes toward the right path. A lot of complaints have been reported which involved the abuse of ethics and cases of exploitation among the people during the trials of HPV vaccine.

The aim of the programme is to curb cervical cancer, specifically in women. The Centre has stated that no programme can be given a nod if the laid rules and procedures are not followed leading to non – ethical conduct by the pharmaceutical companies.

Brinda Karat, CPI (M) MP is worried to know the status of the people who have already been injected with the vaccine.

Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research V. M. Katoch said, “I am not prematurely judging that the NGO is at fault, but if there are allegations, they need to be investigated, and concrete evidence has to be brought to our notice. But, until this happens, the programme needs to be suspended”.

A survey was conducted prior to the marketing of the vaccines. The participants were mainly from the disadvantaged sections of the society who are not equipped with enough money and facility to get the treatment done for cervical cancer.

Few civil society groups reported the death of four girls due to the human trails for the vaccine.

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