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Monday, August 14, 2006

Panel Recommends Loosening Govt Regulations on Prison Pharmaceutical Testing

From NYTimes.com: An influential federal panel of medical advisers has recommended that the government loosen regulations that severely limit the testing of pharmaceuticals on prison inmates, a practice that was all but stopped three decades ago after revelations of abuse.

The proposed change includes provisions intended to prevent problems that plagued earlier programs. Nevertheless, it has dredged up a painful history of medical mistreatment and incited debate among prison rights advocates and researchers about whether prisoners can truly make uncoerced decisions, given the environment they live in.

Supporters of such programs cite the possibility of benefit to prison populations, and the potential for contributing to the greater good. Critics doubt the merits of pharmaceutical testing on prisoners who often lack basic health care. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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