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Tougher guidelines needed for research in developing countries

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1092
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

    Tougher ethical guidelines are needed when rich countries support or carry out research in developing countries, says a discussion paper published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

    The council drew up the document in response to criticism of trials of zidovudine given to HIV positive pregnant women to prevent transmission of infection to the baby.

    The trials were strongly criticised as unethical because some women received a placebo despite the fact that zidovudine had already been clearly shown to …

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