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US researchers fail to get informed consent

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 19 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:739
  1. J Roberts

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has ruled that researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) failed to get adequate informed consent from schizophrenic patients who are participating in a study in which some patients have been taken off their psychotropic drugs. So far several patients have relapsed, one threatened to kill his parents, and another committed suicide, according to a government report leaked to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

    The study of 50 schizophrenic patients began in 1981. Data collection stopped last May, and patients are still being followed up. Patients were entered into the study, in which psychotropic drugs were withdrawn, so that researchers …

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