Patients' consent should have been sought

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.361a (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:361
  1. Heather Goodare
  1. Counsellor in private practice 1 Heron Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6DF

    EDITOR,—It is ironic that a study in which informed consent was not sought1 should be published in the same issue as an editorial by Richard Smith calling for action on misconduct in research.2 The study falls well short of good clinical research practice, which is a requirement in trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.3 The hospital ethics committee was surely at fault in allowing the research to proceed in contravention of the Nuremberg Code.

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