"While voluntary informed consent to participate in research has long been an "axiom of bioethics," in reality there has been a "process of erosion and retreat" from this principle, said Alexander Capron in the Beecher Award Lecture on December 2, 2010 in New York. Capron noted the relevance of this trend in light of President Obama's request last month that his bioethics commission examine the ethics of human subjects research."
DEPT. OF MEDICAL ETHICS
GUINEA-PIGGING by Carl Elliott
JANUARY 7, 2008
a couple excerpts:"As it turned out, the disciplinary action was a response to the injuries or deaths of forty-six patients under Abuzzahab’s supervision. Seventeen of them had been research subjects in studies that he was conducting. These were not healthy-volunteer studies. According to the board, Abuzzahab had “enrolled psychiatrically disturbed and vulnerable patients into investigational drug studies without ensuring that they met eligibility criteria to be in the study and then kept them in the study after their conditions deteriorated.” The board had judged Abuzzahab a danger to the public and suspended his license, citing “a reckless, if not willful, disregard of the patients’ welfare.”
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