Tag Archives: Issue 2

A Historical Perspective on the Public’s Right of Access to the Media

Professor Jerome A. Barron argued in his 1967 article, Access to the Press—A New First Amendment Right, that it was anomalous for the First Amendment to protect expression once it had come to the fore, but be indifferent to creating … Continue reading

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You Can’t Choose Your Parents: Why Children Raised By Same-Sex Couples Are Entitled To Inheritance Rights From Both Their Parents

Imagine a bright eleven-year-old girl, Erin, who has recently lost her mother, Jane, in a car accident. Jane was only forty-two years old and she died without a will. Normally this would entitle someone like Erin to receive proceeds from … Continue reading

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They Killed Her For Going Out With Boys: Honor Killings in Turkey In Light Of Turkey’s Accession To The European Union And Lessons For Iraq

Sait Kina’s thirteen year old daughter, Dilber Kina, “talked to boys on the street” and repeatedly tried to run away from home. In June 2001, during what would become her final attempt to leave, she was caught by her father … Continue reading

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The Office Of Research Integrity: Experience And Authorities

The Office of Research Integrity (“ORI”) is a statutory office created by Congress in 1993, for which authority to respond to allegations of “misconduct in science” originally arose under an earlier federal regulation. Under the 1993 legislation, the key requirements … Continue reading

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Medical Ethical Consideration In Collaborative Research

The purpose of research should be to generate new knowledge that has potential to benefit society. Thus, there will be many views of what constitutes a benefit. A scientist would probably be satisfied with the discovery of a new bit … Continue reading

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Bias In Direct-To-Consumer Advertising And Its Effect On Drug Safety

Although the Consumers Union is primarily known for Consumer Reports magazine, with its expert evaluations of electronic devices, automobiles, and household appliances, we have always been active in the health arena as well, since the magazine was founded in 1936. … Continue reading

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Direct-To-Consumer Advertising And Pharmaceutical Ethics: The Case of VIOXX

At press conferences held in Washington and Paris on October 21, 1987, Merck & Co. announced it would supply Mectizan, a new drug for the treatment of river blindness, to everyone who needed it, for as long as necessary, at … Continue reading

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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT

In a 2004 essay for the Hastings Center, University of Minnesota bioethicist Carl Elliott gave a witty account of how academic and government scientists who get money from the pharmaceutical industry assure the public that those financial ties have no … Continue reading

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Debating Conflicts: Medicine, Commerce, And Contrasting Ethical Orders

Every important social debate is grounded in a seminal development in the history of ideas, and can be understood in proportion as the relevant development is understood. The debate of concern to this Article—that involving the appropriate relationship between physicians … Continue reading

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The Reliability Of Our Medical Knowledge As A Product of Industry Relationships

Comparing Americans’ life expectancy and medical expenditures to those of the other industrialized countries hardly leads to the conclusion that we receive the best medical care in the world. Far from it. But the argument is legitimately made that Americans … Continue reading

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