Dear All,

 

We share a message from Leontien Laterveer, communications officer at Wemos  sent to Medicus Mundi International Network. .  

  

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Please sign the ‘Call for Ethical Clinical Trials
in Developing Countries’ at www.FairDrugs.org

 

Dear Members of the Medicus Mundi International Network,

 

Wemos kindly asks you to give your support to the ‘Call for Ethical Clinical Trials in Developing Countries’.

 

Before a new drug can be released onto the market, it has to be tested on human subjects in order to assess its efficacy and safety. Increasingly, the pharmaceutical industry is carrying out these trials in developing countries.

 

For pharmaceutical companies, lower costs are an important reason to undertake trials in developing countries. Trials can also be carried out more quickly because regulatory constraints are less stringent, while the low level of income in developing countries means that people are often more willing to participate. However, there are good reasons to believe that trial subjects in these countries are more vulnerable than those in wealthier nations.

 

International guidelines have been formulated to protect the rights of trial subjects. However, trial sponsors do not always adhere to these guidelines and, in many cases, the bodies charged with overseeing and implementing these guidelines in developing countries, such as regulatory agencies and ethics committees, do not function properly.

 

Increasingly, the drugs sold in the European Union (EU) have been tested in developing countries. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the national medicines agencies charged with the approval of new drugs and their admission to the EU market perform only very limited checks on whether these drugs have been tested according to ethical guidelines.

 

The ‘Call for Ethical Clinical Trials in Developing Countries’ is a call to action for policymakers, regulators and pharmaceutical companies. The call was drafted by a worldwide coalition of health and human rights organizations and experts led by the Wemos Foundation.

 

One year after its launch, on 5 February 2009, the number of supporters of the ‘Call for Ethical Clinical Trials in Developing Countries’ is nearly 170, including leading figures in the field of medicine and ethics. They lend enormous weight to the campaign and motivate politicians, policymakers and pharmaceutical companies to pay attention to ethics.

 

We are now calling on the Members of the Medicus Mundi International Network to join us. Please sign the ‘Call for Ethical Clinical Trials in Developing Countries’ at www.FairDrugs.org (see ‘sign on’).

 

Yours sincerely,

Leontien Laterveer

Communications Officer Wemos

www.wemos.nl

 

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