Clinical Trials

Guests:

Susan Quinn
* Author, Human Trials: Scientists Investors and Patients in the Quest for a Cure (Perseus Publishing, 2001)
Boston, Massachusetts

Mary Faith Marshall
* Chair, National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee
* Professor of Medicine and Bioethics
* University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas

Alan Milstein
* Chair, Litigation Department
* Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose, & Podolsky
Pennsauken, New Jersey

Earlier this year the government temporarily shut down research involving human subjects at Johns Hopkins. Last week, families of several Nigerian children filed suit against the company Pfizer, saying trials of an antibiotic were conducted unethically. On this hour of Science Friday, we'll take a look at clinical trials. How should they be conducted? Can they be conducted safely and ethically — or is the system broken?

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