US Pharmaceutical Companies Test Drugs on India’s Poor

A recent report on Al Jazeera English found that US drug companies like Merck and AstraZeneca are increasingly conducting their clinical trials of new drugs in countries like India, Russia, China, Brazil, Poland, Uganda and Romania. Zeina Awad, a reporter for Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines” program, traveled to India to investigate clinical research being conducted there. In an interview, Awad said she found many hospitals and doctors in India failed to follow international guidelines for clinical research.