Clinical Trials In Developing Countries Case Study

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Raye’ Tabor November 15, 2017 Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials in Developing Countries Due to the lack of money but the high demand of need of specific regimens in developing countries, researchers from developed countries are allowed to conduct trials on those citizens. In this article, Baruch Brody argues against moral criticisms given towards clinical trials in developing countries. His three arguments are the subjects weren’t treated unjustly (following an appropriate standard of justice), the subjects weren’t coerced (in terms of any plausible interpretation of the word), and the subjects weren’t being exploited (if they themselves gain access to the treatment after the study). While conducting the study, there are two groups: …show more content…

Lastly, Brody uses (for lack of a better term) a “legal loophole” to justify how those involved were not exploited. Critics believe since the treatments in the studies being conducted are not going to be available to those in the developing countries they are being tested in, the country is being exploited. To Brody, though, the issue does not lie in exploiting the country as a whole, but in exploiting those directly involved in the study. For him, this issue can be resolved by simply ensuring their future treatment. Of Brody’s three arguments presented, the correction to exploitation is easily criticized. If we were to agree that the country as a whole cannot be considered when deciding whether or not exploitation is evident, and only focus on the participants, another issue arises. One can then say that those in the control group are being exploited, due to the lack of knowledge that they are not receiving the treatment being tested. Because the subjects agreed to participate on the basis that they would receive treatment, not giving them the treatment is the exact meaning of exploitation. Also, by being placed in the treatment group, they have not benefited from the study at all, making the treatment group the only subjects to not have been exploited. In response to this criticism, Brody explains that under the local standard of care, participants in these trials would not

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