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Compensation for non-negligent harm in trials remains shaky

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:489
  1. Desmond R Laurence, professor emeritus, University College London (
  1. London NW3 1ST

    EDITOR—Last year in the BMJ I showed that a patient's agreement to take part in a clinical trial is a legal contract which consumer law requires to be expressed in plain language.1 2 In a letter to me on behalf of the chief medical officer (for which I am grateful), the Department of Health has now agreed that where there are contracts between patients and trials sponsors, consumer law is applicable.

    I …

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