MP to probe drug trials on children
Madhya Pradesh government will conduct a probe into the allegations that a child specialist from Indore had taken Rs 1.44 crore from several companies for conducting drug trial on children and whether he had taken permission for the same from the competent authorities or not.
The matter was raised by Paras Saklecha (independent MLA) during question hour in the state assembly today alleging that Dr Hemant Jain, professor of paediatrics at government MGM Medical College took Rs 1.44 crore from various companies for conducting drug trial and also went on number of foreign trips without seeking permission from the authorities.
Replying to the issue, the minister of state for health and family welfare, Mahendra Hardia assured the house that he would conduct a probe in the matter.
Saklecha also wanted to know under what rules Dr Jain's foreign visit was sanctioned nearly eight months after the visit, while as per rules, any government servant must take prior approval from the competent authorities before proceeding on a foreign tour.
The Independent MLA alleging irregularities in the matter said that record of drug trial provided by the doctor in one case mentioned that the child was born in the year 2010 even as drug trial on him was conducted in the year 2007.