Announcements Talk on ‘How Pharma Companies Fudge Data’ on 23rd September 2019 in Mumbai   |   ESIC Medical College and PGIMSR, Chennai present Wissendurst’19 on 20 September 2019 with networking partner Forum for Medical Ethics Society and FMES’s Institute of Health Sciences   |   Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health – Join the COPASAH Conclave of Global Health Accountability and Human Rights Advocates: October 15-18, 2019 New Delhi, India   |   Open Letter: Stop the war on Syria’s hospitals

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What are the ethical issues to consider when taking public health action in response to an epidemic like bird flu? What are the implications to clinicians and researchers of the Supreme Court’s decision to recognise under-age marriages? How are international discussions on intellectual property rights relevant to India? Our editorial writers discuss these subjects.

 Is it right to subject psychiatric patients in distress to a placebo-controlled drug trial when an effective drug exists for the problem? Two specialists discuss a recently published report on a placebo-controlled trial of a drug for acute mania. The trial was conducted in India. The corresponding author of the study replies.

One in four women has a chance of undergoing hysterectomy in her lifetime.  Two surgeons discusses ethical considerations in laparoscopic hysterectomies.

From Pakistan, a researcher argues for different standards of care in clinical trials depending on the researchers’ intentions and financial resources, the potential gains from the research and the subsequent utilisation of the results.

Cover photograph: Sandeep Saxena, THE HINDU




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