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BIO Expands its Statement of Ethical Principles

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Last year marked the 20th Anniversary of the BIO International Convention. In her keynote as the newly elected Chair of BIO, Rachel King emphasized BIO members’ commitment to delivering bigger lifesaving and life changing breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and energy. “Delivering breakthroughs is at the heart of who we are,” King said in her speech, while also noting the need to effectively convey BIO’s message. “As we work to deliver breakthroughs … we must work Read More >

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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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The Ethics of Global Clinical Trials

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By Dr. Russell Medford, Salutria Pharmaceuticals Recent reports have raised concerns about how clinical trials are being performed in other countries, particularly in the developing world. Even prior to these reports, some have asserted that sponsors conduct clinical trials abroad to avoid red tape and avoid overly stringent and time consuming regulatory processes. However, research done by companies with the intent of seeking FDA approval and access to the U.S. market must still meet FDA standards Read More >

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