KARIMNAGAR: In the wake of a series of incidents of clinical trials surfacing in Jammikunta area, police finally sprung into action and started investigations. They are also probing the death of Vangara Nagaraju of Nagampet village in June and recent health issues of Chiluveri Ashok Kumar and Boga Suresh of Kothapalli village.
Police came into action after Finance minister Etela Rajender took serious note of the incident and directed them to probe the entire incident thoroughly. Speaking to media on Monday, Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy said that power to take action against pharma companies lies with Ethics Committee, and Drug Control General of India (DCGI). The CP said, Lotus Laboratory which conducted clinical trials on Nagaraju and Ashok Kumar did that as per rules after procuring consent from them. Compensation and group insurance will be finalised based on Ethics Committee report for the kin of Nagaraju, he added.
“Cause of Vangara Nagaraju’s death will be known only after we get the Forensic reports, based on which we would take action against Lotus Laboratories,” he said. Persons violating the directions of pharma companies go for multiple clinical trials for commercial purpose. Once clinical trials are conducted on a person, he should not go for another clinical trial within three months. But Ashok Kumar and Suresh went for clinical trials for as many as 30 times, the CP said and denied the allegations that police department was colluding with the pharma companies and were delaying the case. He said that report had been delayed as it is a critical case.
In inquiry, it came to light that most of the young volunteers are going without any motivation. He requested people to keep away from such clinical trials. Earlier, police inspected the agreements and video clips of Lotus Laboratories of Bangalore. Additional DCP P Sanjeev Kumar, ACP (Traffic) T Krupakar and Jammikunta CI P Prasanth Reddy were also present.