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Participants in some clinical trials are at risk of being harmed and sometimes are seriously harmed as a result of not being provided with available, relevant risk information. We argue that this situation is unacceptable and that there is a moral duty to disclose all adverse clinical trial results to participants in clinical trials. This duty is grounded in the human right not to be placed at risk of harm without informed consent. We consider objections to disclosure grounded in considerations of commercial interest, and we argue that these concerns are insufficient to override the moral duty to disclose adverse clinical trial results. However, we also develop a proposal that enables commercial interests to be protected, while promoting the duty to disclose adverse clinical trial results.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/15265160902984988

Type

Journal article

Journal

Am J Bioeth

Publication Date

08/2009

Volume

9

Pages

24 - 32

Keywords

Clinical Trials as Topic, Commerce, Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Drug Industry, Ethical Analysis, Humans, Informed Consent, Moral Obligations, Research Personnel, Research Subjects, Social Values, Treatment Outcome, Truth Disclosure, United States, United States Food and Drug Administration