Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9627

Colleen M. Gallagher

Colleen M. Gallagher
Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care and Research, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center,

  • Research Article
    Pregnancy and Protection: The Ethics of Limiting a Pregnant Woman's Participation in Clinical Trials
    Author(s): Lori Allesee and Colleen M. GallagherLori Allesee and Colleen M. Gallagher

    The call for the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials has received renewed attention recently. This interest springs from articles in various medical journals highlighting the gaps in medical knowledge and the need to improve health care for pregnant women It is not a simple decision whether to include pregnant women in studies or not. The general thought is that it's too dangerous for the baby if a pregnant woman is participating in a trial, and the absence of research on how medications work in pregnant women leave doctors guessing about how to safely and effectively treat patients through pregnancy Excluding pregnant women from clinical trials are not automatic, not unethical nor is it arbitrarily determined. The regulatory framework is based on sound ethical and legal reasoning that demonstrates when inclusion in a clinical trial is appropriate or when clear and compelli.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000108

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