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Ethics of Drug Research and Drug Development

  • H.-M. Sass
Part of the Bayer AG Centenary Symposium book series (BAYER)

Abstract

Medical benefits of clinical research during the past hundred years include effective vaccines and drugs for fighting most infections, the virtual eradication of epidemic diseases such as smallpox and cholera, an impressive reduction in infant mortality and the prevention of diseases such as polio and pertussis, transplantation of vital organs such as heart, kidneys, and liver, and impressively improved life-expectancy rates for patients suffering stroke, heart disease, or cancer. Life expectance overall has increased impressively and medical benefits can easily be translated into social, economic, cultural, and moral benefits. Quantitative and qualitative evidence regarding the impact of the result of clinical investigations in everyday life suggests that clinical research is not only morally acceptable, but morally mandated [1, 23, 25].

Keywords

Drug Development Human Experimentation Drug Research Risk Awareness Moral Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-M. Sass
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  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophieRuhr-Universität Bochum, Fakultät für Philosophie, Pädagogik und PublizistikBochum 1Federal Republic of Germany

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