This is not the first dangerous experiment. Under current U.S. law there are no penalties for non compliance e.g., informed consent. You will be doing vulnerable persons a great service by increased reporting on the subject of using human subjects in medical research projects. NIH Office of Human Subjects Research Protections (OHSRP) is spineless. There are few state laws regulating use of human subjects. No police agency will investigate these abuses, which may cause death. When public spirited attorneys bring lawsuits, judges run interference for the researchers. There is a long history of these abuses and there is no will among legislators state or U.S. to curb the abuses.
Full Disclosure: Did Government’s Experiment on Preemies Hide Risks?
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Attkisson reported that medical personnel solicited parents to participate by claiming there was “basically no risk of harm” to their child. In reality, some preemies died and others continue to suffer lifelong disabilities such as blindness.
“What parent would have put their baby in a study like this if they had been told the truth?” she asked in the interview.
Attkisson cited competing interests between researchers wanting to conduct studies for “the greater good,” and individual parents of fragile preemies who believe they had the right to know the risks so they could make an informed decision.
Tensions exist between doctors who are obligated to do what’s best for the patient, and researchers who are not. In the case of the 1,316 infants, Attkisson reported, medical personnel “intentionally rigged” the oxygen monitors without the knowledge of doctors or parents.
Sharyl Attkisson: How the Government Violated Its Own Ethics Rules, Then Covered It Up
Kelsey Harkness @kelseyjharkness
June 04, 2014