Pharmaceutical Drug Testing

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The homeless population is typically viewed as a curse to society. They are unfortunate humans who have no purpose but to beg from other members of society, whether it’s for change or to wash your windows at a gas station. There are those who are kind enough to donate, however, some take advantage that the homeless have nothing left to lose. Pharmaceutical companies especially, as they create drugs for a medical purpose, need to test for any extreme side effects and the validity in terms of healing sicknesses. There are clinical trials that volunteers sign up for knowing there is an incentive involved in a form of money. These volunteers give written consent, get interviewed to determine eligibility, and then experimented on. On the other …show more content…
I will end by summarizing each mentioned element of Deontology and Consequentialism explaining further the morality of this issue closing with Kantianism that fully supports this argument. To begin, the Ends-in-Themselves and Universal Law imperatives of Deontology, when applied, go hand-in-hand and are almost self-explanatory. First, The Ends-in-Themselves imperative can be understood by imagining a human being used as a subject of experimental drug testing, then imagining that the human is being used as a means to an end. The physician’s end is the outcome of each experiment based on his or her subject, another human, who is thus deemed as a mean. Let’s not forget that not only is this dehumanizing it also relates back to the Universal Law. The Universal Law states, “Act as though the maxim of your action were to become, through your will, a universal law of nature” (Kant 2005). In translation and application, let 's imagine a society in which all physicians with means of drug testing recruit humans as their guinea pigs. The world would be in a state of nature with physicians at the top of this new Moral Order. If, in all cases, these experimental physicians influence other physicians who then partake in this mean and resort to human test subjects which will lead to a dehumanization of the human species. Simply put, there would be a disrespect of the rationally able human which contradicts every thought of Kant and how he valued the power of the

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