Six students involved in a drug trial are seriously ill in hospital after experiencing an adverse reaction. And there is uproar.
Why? There is no sign that the drug company didn't follow proper procedures. The drug was tested on animals successfully (I won't go down that road today). So they did a human trial.
Now, I am in testing, all be it computers rather than drugs, and the purpose of testing is to find the problems. A test that finds a problem is a successful test. So by any standard the test of TGN1412 was an overwhelming success.
Ok, I feel sorry for the people involved and hope they make a full recovery. But they took part in the test for financial gain and presumably new the risks. Indeed, given that they were students & presumably reasonably intelligent (unless they are doing media studies of course) I would have thought the risk of having untested drugs injected into you was pretty self apparent.
So a bit of sympathy for the drug company who invested a lot of time and money into a drug that was meant to help leukemia sufferers but which unfortunately turns people into the elephant man and a big up to Vincent Moissac-Vignoux