Only 1.5% of the total volunteers included in drug trials across the world between 1997 and September 2012 were from India while the maximum were from the US.
Sharing the data on drug trials in the first-of-its kind workshop on clinical research organised by KGMU’s department of Surgery on Wednesday, Dr Sandeep Tiwari co-chairman, organising committee of the conference, said people should not go for drug trials for free medicine but for the fact that this is a way to develop new drugs for better treatment.
“By 1930 there were 3,200 syndromes listed in medical literature, but today we know of more than 40,000 and efforts are being made to identify more of them for better healing approach. This increase in number of known syndromes is the result of combined efforts of clinicians, surgeons and research professionals,” said Dr Tiwari.
The conference to educate research professionals ‘Educating The Research Professionals’ was held at the Scientific Convention Centre with an aim to create awareness about clinical research.
“One reason for poor turnout of Indians in drug trials could be that people in the West are educated and know what drug trials are. This means we, in India, need to spread awareness about it,” said Dr Tiwari.
Speaking on the issue Dr Rajiv Mishra said, “To standardise research methodology and to ensure foolproof results, research professionals must be aware of the new guidelines provided by regulatory authorities.”
The conference had over 250 participants who came to listen to the development in the field of drug trials across the world.