Biomedical Research Ethics Essay

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When reviewing this week’s lecture and readings, I was met with a wealth of information, specifically, that informed consent, isn’t a one-time kind of thing, that in reality, it’s a process, one which is always in flux. With that being said, although the “International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects” is glaringly tedious, there were still some guidelines I took issue with. For example, Guideline 5 “Justification of the involvement of children” as Lyons herself states, this amorphous notion that children are deemed qualifiable for research if they are ‘reasonable’, What does that even mean? What constitutes a child as reasonable enough to understand the burden, risks and benefits of a clinical trial? Nevertheless, I understand that children, first and foremost, demand our protection because they are an extremely vulnerable population, but also necessitate scientific research in their own right. It is a nice sentiment, that adults should undergo clinical research in lieu of a child, but as stated in Santoro – “Extrapolations from adult studies and experiences are not always appropriate given…show more content…
“Obligation of sponsoring and host countries”, which highlights some of the most important aspects of clinical research, case in point, that ethically, it should be a sweeping consensus. I always find, when thinking of the powers that be, scientifically, it would be rather easy for a big pharm or clinical research sponsoring organization, to seek out human subjects in developing nations, simply because research guidelines aren’t as stringent there, because regulation isn’t as intrusive. Thus, guideline 15, is paramount, because it holds external sponsoring agencies, as well as the host country, accountable. Guideline 15, hallmarks the importance of holding high ethical standards, regardless of where the research is being
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