New formula for drug trial victims
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