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US researchers guilty of breaking safety rules

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:69
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found researchers from Johns Hopkins University guilty of violating safety procedures in an asthma study that resulted in the death of a healthy volunteer.

    The FDA's investigation was launched last month after Ellen Roche, a previously healthy 24 year old, died while participating in the experiment (BMJ 2001;322:1565). The federally financed study was designed to induce asthmatic reactions in people without asthma in order to study the possible protective physiological mechanisms of deep breathing on normal lungs.

    The researchers, led by Dr Alkis Togias, an associate professor and clinical immunologist at the Johns …

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