Bidasar: A foreign-based pharma company allegedly tested their medicines on humans instead of animals, leaving labourers ill in Rajasthan’s Bidasar. The victims were admitted to the Jalpani Hospital in Churu district.

It is reported that the company lured the labourers for money and offered them Rs 500 per day for serving people. We came here on April 18 and it’s been three days. They offered us money so we came here. 16 out of 21 people are suffering from it and are admitted to the hospital, A victim told. “After having the medicine, we felt sleepy,” said another victim.

Meanwhile, state Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf said that the government has taken note of the incident. The Minister said that he has instructed the Principal Secretary of Medical Health to investigate the case. He said that accountability will be fixed and strict action will be initiated against the responsible ones.

“This is a very serious matter. We have assigned officials to the case and will look into it. Strict action will be taken against those responsible,” he said.

As per the regulations, new medicines are tested on animals before being licensed for use by human beings. Animal testing is done to understand the safety and proper dosages of new medicines and treatments before clinical trials on humans. If researchers during the animal testing find that a drug is responding effectively and is safe, only then they begin testing in people.