Responding over the allegations that the government-run Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad was conducting illegal clinical trials, Telangana Health department on Sunday said the trials were carried out in accordance with the legal norms.

Allegations surfaced that few doctors at the government hospital colluded with big pharmaceutical companies and were involved in conducting illegal clinical trials.

Addressing media K Ramesh Reddy, Director of Medical Education said the hospital authorities have followed due process of clinical trials and that no volunteer was involved in clinical trial without consent. The entire process was screened by an Ethics Committee.

He added that general public need not panic as the drugs were not used for the treatment of out-patient or in-patient wards for general public.

K Ramesh Reddy also warned the doctors for indulging in defaming their institutions with false allegations.

On Thursday, Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Lalu Prasad alleged that the head of the pediatrics department, Ravi Kumar is involved in conducting illegal clinical trials on unaware patients.

Ravi Kumar denied allegations and said the clinical trials were conducted only after taking the required permissions.

Following the allegations, the state government ordered a probe into the clinical trials at the state-run Niloufer hospital.

Niloufer hospital for women and children is one of the biggest government run hospital catering to treatment of women and children. It is now a quaternary care hospital for Obstetric, Pediatrics, Neonatology and Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Earlier, Nilofer hospital ran into many controversies earlier when 5 women died post delivery within 10 days in 2017. Many infant deaths due to negligence were reported in the past.  

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