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Category Archives: Bioethics

Is it Ethical to Trade Speed of Publication for Reliability?

April 27, 2017

The push for speed and quantity of publications may threaten the credibility of research reports and bring into question the ethical values behind the rapid acceleration of new medical journals and their publishing values.  An article in the Economist printed on March 25, 2017 stated, “Scientific journals were once a great idea. Now, though, they …more»

Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Be Worse. A Look Behind the Scenes

February 2, 2017

The results of clinical research studies are often published without details of the scientific and ethical discussions that precede their final approval. The Children with HIV Early Antiretroviral Therapy (CHER) study initiated in 2005 and conducted in South Africa is a case in point.1 The study sought to evaluate immediate versus delayed treatment of infants …more»

Institutional Review Boards

December 24, 2016

Competency of IRBs In a Time of Rapidly Expanding Medical Discoveries and Clinical Research. Institutional review boards (IRBs) were first implemented in the 1960s to review clinical research protocols. If approved, they would be funded by the US government. Clinical research was primarily conducted at academic institutions but the FDA also had an important role in …more»

Timeline of Ethics in Clinical Research

December 14, 2016

Selective Timeline of Medical Ethics and Clinical Research The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines ethics as: “The field of ethics (or moral philosophy) involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior. Philosophers today usually divide ethical theories into three general subject areas: metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Metaethics investigates where our …more»

The Clock Keeps Ticking

September 19, 2016

Just how long should the wait be before assuming that an answer to an important question will never be provided? It depends of course on the importance of the issue and the credibility of both the individual who is asking the question and the individual who is supposed to respond. In a letter written on …more»