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Molecules to Medicine

Prosecutorial Excess: A Pattern of Abuse

I continue on break from the UMN Markingson story as I try to make sense—although there appears none to be had—of the tragic death of Aaron Swartz. I am haunted and infuriated by the senselessness of his death and his persecution by overzealous prosecutors. I am also reminded of other witch hunts that were equally [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Clinical Trials for Beginners: Ethics – Pediatric Anthrax Vaccine Case Study

Having looked at the rampant conflicts of interest surrounding the anthrax vaccine and a bit at the logistics of the proposed pediatric vaccine trial let’s look at the trial in the context of ethical principles. Ethical context The need for ethical guidelines came to vivid attention during World War II, when the Nazis tortured many [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Anthrax vaccine – To the victor, the spoils

In my last post, we began to play “Follow the Money” to better understand the history of the anthrax vaccine and the current proposal to test the vaccine on children. Conflicts of Interest-Case Study Major issues with the anthrax vaccine include safety, conflicts of interest and the lobbying power of the drug developer. I don’t [...]

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Anthrax, anthrax, everywhere…

This past week brought news about another successful bioterrorism response drill, effectively delivering hypothetical medicines to protect the citizens of Baltimore from a hypothetical anthrax attack. Frankly, I always shake my head in dismay when I read of such preparedness exercises. I think back to my childhood, with its “duck and cover” Cuban missile crisis [...]

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