By Sonia Shah
An eye-opening examine colossal Pharma's unethical and exploitative drug trials within the worldwide South.
"Medical learn imposes burdens. yet ordinarily conversing, we don't wish to comprehend it….If the historical past of human experimentation tells us something, from the bloody vivisections of the 1st millennium to the Tuskegee Syphilis research, it really is that such burdens made mystery will fall heaviest at the poorest and such a lot powerless between us."—from The physique Hunters
This groundbreaking booklet unearths the unethical drug-testing practices of the multinational pharmaceutical undefined. In its quest to boost profitable new medications for the world's wealthy, the has became clear of the healthiness wishes of the world's terrible. And but, over the last decade, enormous Pharma has quietly exported its scientific study company to the worldwide South, the place moral oversight is minimum, and ailing, bad, and determined sufferers are abundant.
In The physique Hunters, investigative journalist Sonia Shah indicates how the pharmaceutical is utilizing checking out systems within the worldwide South that might reason scandals within the built global. In India, dozens of sufferers in drug trials have perished affliction lethal negative effects identified to the FDA; in Zambia, AIDS infants in scientific trials were administered placebos.
The physique Hunters is predicated on numerous years of unique learn and reporting from Africa and Asia, and describes dozens of trials, in addition to the checkered historical past of Western scientific technological know-how in bad international locations.
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