Clinical trials are a contentious issue in the country, and an ongoing case at the Supreme Court is expected to come up on January 12. The Court had been approached to bring in stringent rules and greater transparency into the manner in which trials are done in the country. And over the last three years, under the apex court's watch, the government has streamlined the regulatory process, keeping the patient at the heart of these changes. Another case involving the shutting down of public sector vaccine makers is also expected to come up at the Supreme Court on the same day. A Public Interest Litigation had raised the issue, questioning the then Government’s decision to shut down these units over six years ago.