Risperidone Trial Summary

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The trial I chose to explore for this discussion is the Risperidone Trials that occurred in India. For this trial, psychiatric patients were lied to by being told that their specific anti-psychotic drugs were no longer available, and then were given a drug called risperidone or just a placebo (SOMO Briefing Paper, 2008). This was unethical because the patients were lied to and informed consent was not obtained from the individuals who participated in this clinical trial. All of the participants receiving the placebo were unaware that they were not being provided legitimate anti-psychotic medications. Providing placebos instead of medications to these individuals was a dangerous decision, especially since these individuals depended on these drugs in order to maintain a semblance of sanity. An ethical principle that this violates is known as beneficence, which is the idea that if we can, we ought to do good (or what is right) in any given…show more content…
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