The news of sudden death of John D’Souza a 29-year-old resident of Mumbai in Goa is not the first or most likely the last high-profile incident of its kind, in which the lives of volunteers have been lost or irreversibly altered. It is only after successfully being tested on people that drugs are supposed to be brought to market, but how can it be ethical to use people as a subject in drug trials without fully informing them of what consequences they may face? Read the full report here.
According to the sources, this man reportedly died under mysterious circumstances at a pharma research center in Corlim. According to the Old Goa Police, it is known that D’sousa and 17 other volunteers had undergone a clinical trial or drug test at the Vergo Pharma Research located in the IDC, Corlim.
According to the sources, the incident took place on Wednesday when Prashil Kolhapurkar of the Vergo Pharma Research informed the police. The Old Goa Police after conducting the inquest panchnama shifted the body to The Goa Medical College and Hospital for conducting the postmortem.
According to an official at the Vergo, Research Center quoted that D’sousa and other volunteers were allowed to go on Wednesday morning after the test but had been asked to report back later in the day for blood examination.
According to the sources, later when D’sousa came back to undergo the blood test, he allegedly smelled of alcohol by which he was not allowed to enter the premises following which, the deceased sat out of the gate. Later he was found to be dead. The Police said quoting the official.
The family of the deceased has been informed, and the postmortem will be conducted only after the arrival of the family. The police said that the post-mortem report will reveal the exact cause of the death.
The Police have registered the case under unnatural death under section 174 of the CrPC.