Should victims be allowed to sue hospitals if they contract an infection?

The rate of hospital-acquired infections is much too high. About 4% of all hospitalized patients have an HAI at any given point in time[1] . We suffer 700,000 HAIs and 75,000 deaths per year in the US[2] . This is bad, no question about it. But it is also remarkably better than just a few years ago. Read More …

Are Phase I clinical trials ethical?

All clinical trials in the US and most other countries are approved by an Institutional Review Board, which must find the trial to be ethical. The basis for determining the ethical nature of a trial is the Nuremberg Code, adopted after the horrors of Nazi experimentation on humans were revealed. The principal tenets of the Read More …