Jan. 12, 2009 - Amhedabad, India - The crowded slums of Ahmedabad are prime recruiting ground for the areas generic drug makers, who need healthy subjects for Phase 1 or first-in-human testing of new drugs. Among those who have responded to the call is KAMLESH SOLANKI. A member of Indias Dalit, or untouchables caste, Solanki, has volunteered for about nine Phase 1 trials of new gen

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Jan. 12, 2009 - Amhedabad, India - The crowded slums of Ahmedabad are prime recruiting ground for the areas generic drug makers, who need healthy subjects for Phase 1 or first-in-human testing of new drugs. Among those who have responded to the call is KAMLESH SOLANKI. A member of Indias Dalit, or untouchables caste, Solanki, has volunteered for about nine Phase 1 trials of new gen
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Jan. 12, 2009 - Amhedabad, India - The crowded slums of Ahmedabad are prime recruiting ground for the areas generic drug makers, who need healthy subjects for Phase 1 or first-in-human testing of new drugs. Among those who have responded to the call is KAMLESH SOLANKI. A member of Indias Dalit, or untouchables caste, Solanki, has volunteered for about nine Phase 1 trials of new generic drugs since 2001. Now 24, hes consumed pills for everything from heart problems to acid reflux in studies that involved X-rays, frequent blood tests and overnight stays. They assure you that after the test you will be very much okay. Solanki, who lives with his father and two brothers in a room the size of a single-car garage, said he was treated well at the testing centers. There is total AC, TV, videos, and a thick cushion on the bed, said Solanki, who sleeps under a fan on a thin mat at home. The food is excellent. Though he was once so gung-ho about the studies that he became a recruiter, getting 100 to 200 rupees for each enrollee, Solanki turned sour on the business two years ago. (Credit Image: © Kathleen Flynn/St Petersburg Times/zReportage.com/ZUMA)

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