Who polices the ‘Ethics Police’?

CNN, 26 May 2015
Author: Robert Klitzman
“Controversies involving experiments have been increasing — from stem cells, genomics and Ebola to pharmaceutical and social media company studies. Last year, Facebook admitted it had experimented on almost 700,000 users, seeing whether it could influence their mood without telling them. Such studies present critical questions of who oversees science, how well they do so and whether they should do more. Most people take for granted is that some protective mechanism — laws or watchdogs — ensures that experiments are ethical. Indeed, research ethics committees or institutional review boards (IRBs) do review all human experiments. But they have become increasingly controversial.”
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Why Consumers Should Think Twice Before Getting Genetic Tests

The Huffington Post, 27 May 2015
Author: Marilynn Marchione
“The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax. Researchers say the study shows the need for consumers to be careful about choosing where to have a gene test done and acting on the results, such as having or forgoing a preventive surgery.”
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FBI Is Investigating Hysterectomy Device Found to Spread Uterine Cancer

The Wall Street Journal, 27 May 2015
Author: Jennifer Levitz
“The FBI is investigating a surgical device that was found to spread cancer in women, including looking into what the largest manufacturer of it, Johnson & Johnson, knew about the tool’s hazards before pulling it off the market last year, according to people who have been interviewed by the agency.”
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Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement delivers for patients

Pharmacy Guild of Australia, statement May 27, 2015
“The Pharmacy Guild of Australia welcomes the signing of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement, which underpins the timely and equitable provision of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines for all Australians over the next five years. Commencing on 1 July 2015…The Agreement encompasses pharmacy remuneration for dispensing PBS and RPBS subsidised medicines; wholesaler remuneration including the Community Service Obligation; the Pharmacy Location Rules; and Professional Programs and Services.”
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Introduction of the Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015

Treasurer Joe Hockey, Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann, Minister for Health Sussan Ley, joint media release, 27 May 2015
“The Abbott Government is focused on ensuring Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers remain at the forefront of developing treatments and cures that will improve the lives of Australians and millions of people around the world. Today, we introduce legislation to create the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund – the biggest endowment fund of its kind in the world.”
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