Professor Carl Elliot claims that the consent documents for two schizophrenic patients enrolled in a drug study at the University of Minnesota are exactly the same. If Professor Elliot’s allegation is true, consent may not have been properly obtained for the patients’ involvement in the drug study. The consent questionnaire involves several open-ended questions, which the two patients answered in exactly the same way. Professor Elliot points out that such an occurrence is “improbable” and raises concerns about the university’s examination of the patients as it relates to their ability to consent to involvement in the drug study. Mark Rotenburg, an attorney for the university, disputes the allegations. However, the university’s methods for recruiting patients were previously questioned in 2004, following the suicide of Dan Markingson. Read more here.
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In other news, ethical concerns related to another study conducted at the University of Minnesota, involving AstraZeneca’s Seroquel, are also gaining attention on the internet. Read more here.