The Telangana Health Department ordered a probe into the alleged illegal clinical trials at government-run Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad. It is alleged that some hospital physicians colluded with pharmaceutical companies to conduct clinical trials in violation of standard rules. The Resident Medical Officer accused Ravi Kumar, head of pediatrics, of conducting clinical trials without any permission.
Niloufer is Telangana’s biggest government-run hospital for children and also handles maternity cases. It is known to draw patients from other parts of the state and even adjacent states. With 500 beds, the hospital sits in the heart of Hyderabad. Founded in 1949 by the Princess Niloufer, the last daughter of the Ottoman Empire married the second son of Nizam of Hyderabad in France in 1931. He philanthropy and empathy for the poor and the sick took the form of this iconic, prestigious institute, Niloufer Hospital that had served, cared and nurtured many sick, sane and critical cases. Presently at 500 beds, with advanced maternity, pediatric, pediatric surgery supported by excellent diagnostic facilities. The institute is also known for an arena for medical graduates and postgraduates.
Allegation: Conducting Research on the Poor
When Princess Niloufer desired to serve the poor back during the hospital’s founding she didn’t have in mind using them as human subjects without informed consent. Dr. Kumar, it is alleged, conducted studies on a poor clinical trial subject without even bothering to secure informed consent reported in the Times of India. Dr. Kumar denied any wrongdoing and argued that the hospital’s ethics committee approved the clinical trial.
Other controversies have hit the hospital many times before. Five women died post-delivery in 10 days sparked a crisis for the hospital in 2017. Moreover, there was a number of infant deaths.
K. Ramesh Reddy, Director Hospital Superintendent, will conduct a probe into Dr. Kumar as well as submit a report with his findings. They are presently collecting all details of each trial protocol.
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Ravi Kumar, Niloufer Hospital
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