”Come to South Africa and use our people as cheap guinea pigs for drugs trials,” says an international pharmaceutical testing company.
Even as a young South African backpacker is battling to recover in a London hospital after a drug trial gone horribly wrong, a senior employee at the pharmaceutical company that ran the drug trial is touting South Africa and its people as the perfect location for drug companies to find medical test subjects.
Dr Herman Scholtz, the SA-educated head of Parexel International Clinical Pharmacology, said on a clinical trials website that in South Africa, international drug companies would have “ready access to large numbers of potential subjects of which a significant portion is treatment naive”. ‘
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