Russia Launches Probe Of Glaxo Vaccine Trials

Law360 (March 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Russian prosecutors have reportedly launched a criminal investigation into vaccine trials by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in Russia that were allegedly conducted illegally on children.

Russia’s prosecutor general said Friday that investigators had initiated the investigation at a hospital in Volgograd, about 550 miles southeast of Moscow, the Associated Press reported, citing a statement posted on the prosecutor general's Web site.

The head of the hospital had been paid $50,000 by Glaxo to participate in the trials, even though such tests on minors are banned in Russia,...
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