Do we need a law to help people try experimental drugs?

Cockburn, Tina & Madden, Bill (2014) Do we need a law to help people try experimental drugs? The Conversation, August(26).

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Abstract

People with life-threatening or incurable diseases may be willing to try experimental drugs and unproven treatments, but they face the risk of exploitation. Is the law the best avenue to ensure that they are protected while medical innovation is encouraged?

Protection of vulnerable people is a thread running through many laws, in Australia and elsewhere. In medical law, for instance, children and people with impaired decision-making capacity warrant special attention.

But what of the ordinary person diagnosed with a life-threatening disease? Such people are vulnerable to harm and potential exploitation when they seek access to innovative, experimental or unproven treatments that depart from the existing range of accepted medicine.

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ID Code: 81251
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: medical law, innovation, drug research, medical negligence, end of life
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2015 22:17
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 21:40

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