Bioethics: video interview about clinical trials in India

Medical experiments are being conducted on society’s most vulnerable, says Indian doctor Amar Jesani in Wemos’ internetfilm on clinical drug trials in developing countries.

Amar Jesani is a medical doctor from India with expertise in medical ethics and human rights. He is a founder member of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME), the Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights (CSER) and the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT).

In 2005 and 2007, Dr Jesani coordinated the 1st and 2nd National Bioethics Conferences in India. He is a national faculty member of the Indian Council of Medical Research and teaches bioethics at various Indian institutions. He also serves as a member of several ethical review committees. His work on human rights includes being a member of the Human Rights Steering Group of the British Medical Association.

Dr Jesani and Wemos have been working together to address the issue of unethical drug testing in developing countries since 2007. This film was made during a visit of Dr Jesani to Wemos in September 2008 and produced for Wemos by Lookright films.

For more information, please contact Leontien Laterveer, Wemos Communications Officer on Medicines, on +31 (0)20 – 4352062; e-mail: leontien.laterveer@wemos.nl.

Further information about unethical testing practices in developing countries is also available in the ‘Unethical testing dossier’ on www.wemos.nl.

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