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  • Changes Needed to Allow Pediatric Testing of Medical Countermeasures, Report Says

    • 19 March 2013
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    A new report published by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues calls for the US government to put into place a modified framework that will allow for researchers to conduct pediatric testing of medical countermeasures, part of a framework intended to protect the entire population in the event of an attack using weaponized anthrax or other pathogens. Background The announcement comes nearly a year after the commission first announced it would st...
  • Presidential Commission Looking to Study Ethical Issues of Animal Rule in Pediatric Populations

    • 28 June 2012
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    A Presidential Commission in charge of studying bioethics wants to know: what are the ethical issues associated with studying medical countermeasures in children? In a 28 June Federal Register posting, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues-a commission formed in 2009 specifically to look at ethical issues related to "biomedicine and related areas of science and technology"-said it wants to look deeper into the legal, ethical and social issues o...
  • UK: Chair Appointed for UK's New Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee

    The Chair of the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Sir Alisdair Breckenridge, has been appointed the first Chair of the newly established Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee (ESBAC). The committee is tasked with providing advice to UK health departments on emerging healthcare scientific developments and their ethical, legal, social and economic implications.  Sir Alasdair's previous roles include Chair of the Committ...
  • New Bioethics Chief Takes Helm at White House

    US President Barack Obama's newly-appointed bioethics chief started work Monday, 9 April, marking a key leadership transition for a board that has already investigated numerous controversial clinical research topics related to regulatory affairs. The panel, called The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, is a 13-member advisory commission that was formed in 2009.  The commission itself will still be led by Commission Chair Amy Gutmann, P...