Ethics of Offshoring: Novo Nordisk and Clinical Trials in Emerging Economies

1583 Words7 Pages
Ethics of Offshoring: Novo Nordisk and Clinical Trials In Emerging Economies Offshoring is a highly debatable topic throughout the country and the world. Many people base their opinions on different aspects of offshoring. Some people are against offshoring because they feel as if the working conditions in other countries aren’t up to par and are unethical. Some people are against offshoring because they feel it is taking jobs away from people within their own country. Some people are for offshoring because they feel there is greater profit involved or that they can get harder workers in other countries. No matter what side of the debate, everyone can agree on a few things like there needs to be better standards for working conditions,…show more content…
Another question that needs to be addressed is if trials are conducted in an emerging economy, how should they be managed and which standards should apply? I think medical ethics is a big issue when it comes to trials being conducted in an emerging economy. One famous incident of this was the Tuskegee syphilis study. This study left 400 African Americans untreated in order to research how they obtained the disease. The cure for syphilis, penicillin, had already been found in the 1940s. To prevent this from happening again, professional medical organizations developed guidelines and principles of ethics to guide their research, notably the Helsinki Declaration. I believe Novo Nordisk does a great job of adhering to these guidelines by putting safety measures in place. Emerging economies like India and China are attractive places to have clinical trials because of how much cheaper it is, the willingness to try new things as an emerging economy, and because a possible lack of standards. Novo Nordisk only conduct trials in countries where they have affiliates with necessary competence to arrange and monitor the trials. Also, they conduct clinical trials globally to test the safety and efficacy of new drug candidates in order to obtain global marketing authorization. These trials always have the same standards at all trial sites. The standards in

More about Ethics of Offshoring: Novo Nordisk and Clinical Trials in Emerging Economies

Open Document