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Book review : Of snowstorms, swordfights and blood trails: the underbelly of clinical trials

Rakhi Ghoshal

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.017


The world of clinical trials is ethically fragile. Huge amounts of money are at stake and a handful of people are privy to a lot of confidential information about the trials. This imbalance in money and knowledge sometimes results in an unholynexus. Known as insider trading, progress reports of a trial are sometimes passed on to investors so that they can augment or deplete their share in the investment before the trial results are officially made public. The person(s) passing on the information would also have vested interests in the profits. This unmitigatedly unethical practice is explored by the book, using the genre of a murder thriller.

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