Clinical trials in India are finally becoming transparent. ( http://www.bharatbook.com/detail.asp?id=144475&rt=Conference-on-Clinical-Trials- ) There has been a dramatic increase in the number of trials that have got officially registered in Clinical Trials Registry-India (CTRI). According to records collected by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Drug Controller General's office, between July-December 2007, only 11 trials were registered. The number increased to 137 between Jan-Dec 2008 and then to an all-time high of 546 between Jan-Dec 2009. This year, while January saw 58 trials registered, February recorded 60. India has all the competitive advantages for conducting clinical trials. As the country is increasingly becoming a favoured destination for clinical trials, a gap analysis needs to be done to scale up all resources for clinical trials. This scale up is essential for India to cope with the large global clinical trial projects. It is no coincidence over the last decade or more of economic liberalization, and years of unprecedented growth, that India and parts of South Asia are becoming a preferred clinical research destination for multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations.
Conference on Phase I Clinical Trials Summit