Testing New Medications Essay

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The medical community depends on medication testing to evaluate the effects of new medications. While these tests are necessary it is often difficult to find willing test subjects. Some individuals and organizations have observed the populations of developing countries as a place to test potentially helpful medications. While these tests can raise questions concerning the safety and long-term effects of such tests, they also provide benefits to developing populations. I will defend the position that it is ethical to test medications in developing countries, due to the trials being superior to no treatment at all, the modern researcher’s obligation to maintain patient autonomy, and the potential benefits to the host community’s …show more content…
This is another reason it is a suitable reason to have these countries participate in medical trials. The countries that do not have the resources for medical facilities tend to view clinical research as a way to provide unaffordable medical care (Farrell, 136). The devastating thing is that the people living in these conditions just want to be taken care of, and their participation in medical trials is not based on an understanding of the trial. What is even more upsetting is that this research may be the best source of health care available to some populations. They are agreeing to participate mostly because this is their way of getting medical treatment (Perrey, 89). Research teams recognizes this, and they have the obligation during the trial to facilitate access to care; their treatment should be of acceptable standard or significantly greater over what is locally available (Perrey, 91). Not only is there be an obligation to care for the population volunteering for the clinical trial but there is also the obligation to make care accessible for that community as well, which is done in most cases (Hyder, 147). Although there is an obligation for medical attention for the community there is not any allowance for a lower standard of care. There is also the obligation that the benefits, risks, burdens and effectiveness of a new method be tested against those of the best current prophylactic

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