This month’s question places you in the FDA commissioner’s seat: You are the Commissioner of the FDA. A friend has informed you of the following situation: Over 1,000 people with severe, refractive emphysema have banded together to test a drug that is approved for asthma but not emphysema. Participants “drew straws” to determine which of them would ask their physicians for a prescription. While the FDA has no authority over the practice of medicine, it does have authority over clinical studies that create generalizable knowledge. Read more
TAG ARCHIVES FOR informed consent
In March, PRIM&R hosted the webinar Electronic Informed Consent: Ethical, Regulatory, and Practical Implications. Presented by Cheryl Grandinetti, PharmD, a health science policy analyst at the FDA, and Christian Simon, PhD, a bioethicist at the University of Iowa who conducts research on electronic informed consent (eIC), this webinar helped attendees understand the definition of eIC, grasp its regulatory requirements and context for using it in FDA-regulated clinical trials, better anticipate the challenges and benefits associated with eIC, and recognize how investigators and IRBs can promote its ethical and effective use. The presenters were joined by additional panelists Leonard Sacks, MD from the FDA and [...] Read more
Research partners”—that’s what scientists and doctors call people who serve as study subjects. Government officials and ethicists use the same term, depicting subjects as equal to the professionals who conduct and oversee health research. But there’s a problem with the egalitarian language. It simply isn’t accurate. Read more
This session at the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference was a follow up to the 2014 AER Conference session "Using Empirical Evidence to Reduce Consent Form Length" presented by Amy Corneli, PhD, MPH, and Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA. In last year’s talk, they shared preliminary data about their effective delivery of informed consent (EDICT) study based on interviews questioning what participants thought must be in the informed consent form (ICF) and what could be removed. This year’s follow-up session by Amy Corneli shared the study findings submitted for publication. What was learned can be put to use by [...] Read more
On September 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects , or "Common Rule." If adopted, the proposals in the NPRM will result in the most substantive revisions to the core regulation governing federally funded human subjects research in the United States since 1981.