The Implications And Competence Of Breaking Trial Protocols

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When faced with an ethical medical question, there is almost always a “right” choice; however, it can be hard to see the possible ramifications of one’s choices. There is a lot of controversy surrounding researcher behavior in trials, especially those involving new drugs. There are certain protocols that must be followed when testing a research drug, and straying from these guidelines can hurt not only the specific research project, but the entirety of one’s career. In order to understand the importance of adhering to Phase 1 research trial guidelines, one must first understand the purpose of Phase 1 trials, the importance of protocol and patient-physician relationships, and the opposing viewpoints. This paper will analyze a scenario in which …show more content…
After analyzing the consequences of doing this and providing arguments supporting this crime, this paper will denounce the breaking of protocol and prove that there is no benefit to straying from the proper research procedures. Breaking trial protocol can have a huge impact not only on the trial and participants but also on the future of the researcher’s career and his associates. For the most part, researchers do not look at a protocol and actively think “I am going to break this protocol”. Rather, they push aside what they are doing wrong and instead focus on what they are gaining from these actions. Having success in Phase 1 trials can lead to increased government grants and funding for further steps of their project and also gather more fame. There are clearly good things that could occur from obtaining outstanding trial results, but that does not mean it is okay to falsify data or enroll unqualified persons. Fabricating data to bolster test results will only hurt you in the long run because it is unlikely you could achieve those actual success rates in later phases of drug testing. Furthermore, if someone realizes that you are lying, your trial, all previous publications, your license, and credibility are on the …show more content…
That is one question which Paul Kalanithi address in his book When Breath Becomes Air. Kalanithi discusses his personal experiences and reasons for becoming a neurosurgeon, stressing the importance of pursuing what you are called to do not just what you would be good at (Kalanithi, 2016). This simple construct forms a platform for the medical professional. If you do not feel called to help heal others, you should not be in a doctor. The primary goal of medicine is not to become famous and win a bunch of rewards for your discoveries, but rather to help patients and better the lives of many. Keeping this in mind, it is contradictory to the nature of the profession for a physician to pursue personal endeavors over the necessities of the

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