Week 8: Research issues, justice, and conflicts of interest
See "Other Helpful Links" on our web page, "Faces of Tuskegee."
This web-based case study deals with a recent case which some commentators have compared to the Tuskegee study and has attracted a great deal of controversy.
This Harvard U. website (from which the above case study was taken) is a good resource on questions of international justice in research. It grows out of a series of courses taught in the Harvard School of Public Health.
This report (April 2001) was prepared by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, predecessor to the current President's Council on Bioethics.
The NIH Bioethics Center offers a resource bank of documents related to research ethics as well as to other bioethics topics.
From the curriculum materials at the University of Washington bioethics site.
"No Free Lunch" is a page maintained by activist-physicians opposed to current practices in freely accepting "free" gifts from drug manufacturers. Their website has a number of amusing features but also has an excellent bibliography and slide presentation on the topic.
New Code from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (July 2002)
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PHRMA) issued a new ethics code to govern drug companies in July 2002, intended to prohibit certain gifts and interactions that had received widespread criticism. You may also wish to read further commentary on this new code from the American Academy of Family Physicians newsletter.