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STS Seminar: Sarah Edwards

Publication date: Oct 2, 2013 4:16:47 PM

Start: Jan 22, 2014 4:00:00 PM
End: Jan 22, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Location: South Wing, Garwood LT

Speaker: Dr Sarah Edwards, UCL
Title: The ethics of clinical research during a pandemic

Abstract: Clinical research under usual regulatory constraints may be difficult or even impossible in a public health emergency. Regulators must seek to strike a good balance between granting wide therapeutic access to new drugs and gathering sound evidence of safety and effectiveness at the same time. To inform policy, I re-examine the rationale for restricting new medicines to clinical trials, at any stage and for any population of patients, which resides in the precautionary principle, to show that its objective to protect public health, now or in the future, could soon be defeated in a pandemic. Providing wider therapeutic access and coordinating observations and natural experiments, including cluster trials where clusters are already confined, may provide such a balance. However, there are important questions of fairness to resolve before any such research can proceed.

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