New for­mula for drug trial vic­tims

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THE UNION health min­istry has re­leased a draft for­mula to de­ter­mine the com­pen­sa­tion for vic­tims who suf­fer se­ri­ous ad­verse ef­fects dur­ing clin­i­cal drug tri­als. Ac­cord­ing to the draft, pa­tients whose ex­pected mor­tal­ity is 90 per cent or more within 30 days af­ter the trial, should re­ceive ` 2 lakh. In case of death, the com­pen­sa­tion would be ` 8 lakh, which has been set as the base amount. In case of per­ma­nent disability, the com­pen­sa­tion would be 80 per cent of the base amount along with a lump sum amount de­posited in the bank. The de­posited amount should give a monthly in­ter­est equiv­a­lent to half of the min­i­mum wage of an un­skilled worker in Delhi.

"If you want to save the en­vi­ron­ment, you need to shut down the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Forests and the state pol­lu­tion con­trol boards."

Ramesh Agrawal, Ac­tivist, Gold­man En­vi­ron­ment Prize re­cip­i­ent

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