A young man has spoken out about his experience in a London medical trial that went disastrously wrong, leaving six men seriously ill. Raste Khan was one of two volunteers who escaped unscathed after being given a placebo. He said the bad reactions began within minutes: “The gentleman on my left started screaming and saying his head was hurting and he was hot, and that he couldn’t breathe and he was hyperventilating, they had an oxygen mask on him.
“It was like someone was stabbing him in his back, because he was screaming that his back was hurting and he was just constantly saying, ‘my back, doctor, what the hell, my back, my back.’ It was like someone was poking him in the back, he was arched forward, it was really horrible.”
Two of the men taken to hospital are critically ill, and the other four remain in a serious condition. Ann Alexander, a lawyer acting for the girlfriend of one of the men, said: “The signing of a waiver does not preclude the drugs company having to take full responsibility for what’s happened, if it’s appropriate.”
While an inquiry has been launched, the company developing the drug maintains there had been no problems in previous testing and regulations had been respected.