There was a case here in the UK a few years ago where a group of volunteers, about a dozen people, were given doses of a new chemotherapy drug for leukaemia. A cannula was inserted into their arms and slowly the new drug filtered into their bodies. It was a blind study. Some were given the drug and some were given a placebo. Within half an hour it was clear that something was going terribly wrong. One by one people became terribly ill, started gasping for breath, fitting, foaming at the mouth. Cannulas were immediately pulled out of the arms of everybody and the affected people were rushed to A&E. The interesting thing here is the place where the drug was tested had no emergency equipment or procedures. The private pharmaceutical company had to call ambulances to ferry the affected people to hospital. They were so ill they had to be put on life support machines. Each person in the trial was paid £3000. The three affected people took weeks to recover. Even today they suffer terribly from the drug they were given, which effectively caused the body’s immune system to run riot and turn against its own organs. To their dismay they could not claim anything. They had signed a disclaimer form. This was used in a court of law. As far as I know litigation is still going on. The men nearly lost their lives for £3000. Is it worth it? I for one would not go on a drug trial, no matter how much I was paid.
I agree, Mikeq. In fact, I even regret the drugs I was given in the first weeks after my injury. I didn’t have my smartphone or internet to research the names of the drugs. And I didn’t have neuropathy until I’d been on those drugs for two or three weeks after my injury. In other words, the ‘approved’ drugs are dangerous enough. In the case of a trial, it is highly unlikely that the test subject would be privy to the chemical components of their treatment.