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(p. 44) Catastrophically Ill Children, Access to Unregistered Medical Interventions, and Trial Recruitment Needs: An Ethical Analysis 

(p. 44) Catastrophically Ill Children, Access to Unregistered Medical Interventions, and Trial Recruitment Needs: An Ethical Analysis
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(p. 44) Catastrophically Ill Children, Access to Unregistered Medical Interventions, and Trial Recruitment Needs: An Ethical Analysis
Author(s):

Thomas D. Hartvigsson

and Udo Schuklenk

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190647254.003.0004
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date: 06 December 2019

This chapter discusses the case of a young girl infected by the Ebola virus during the epidemic outbreak in West Africa. She arrives alone to a medical center run by a non-governmental organization and is relatively well, but she has a high viral load and will with all certainty die within a week. This chapter argues that, in the face of imminent and certain death, it is permissible for the doctors at the medical center to use unregistered medical interventions, if they deem it to be in the best interest of the child. It further argues that they are permitted to do so without enrolling the child in a clinical trial, if the unregistered intervention is not scarce and the trial has placebo control groups.

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