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NEWS: Untested Aids Drugs Trialed on Hundreds of U.S Foster Children

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posted on May, 4 2005 @ 04:48 PM
Hundreds of foster children were trialed with untested AIDS treatment drugs in seven states of the US in a widespread practice during the 1990's. Some of these studies found that that children tested with these drugs had a disturbingly higher death rate and side affects from the drugs which were not yet available on the open market. Special protection was given to state wards in 1983 to ensure that each foster child was given an advocate to act in the best interests of the child, separate from the medical reaserchers or the foster care system but it has been found that many children were not given this advocate and were treated anyway.
Officials estimated that 5 percent to 10 percent of the 13,878 children enrolled in pediatric AIDS studies funded by NIH since the late 1980s were in foster care. More than two dozen Illinois foster children remain in studies today.

Some foster children died during studies, but state or city agencies said they could find no records that any deaths were directly caused by experimental treatments.

Researchers typically secured permission to enroll foster children through city or state agencies. And they frequently exempted themselves from appointing advocates by concluding the research carried minimal risk and the child would directly benefit because the drugs had already been tried in adults.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

New York City alone showed that out of 465 such children participating in the AIDS drug trials, 142 were not assigned a monitor even though legislation required it.

A spokesperson for the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre has stated that the advocates were not really needed.

In my opinion this really is a scandal of the highest proportions from the US. These children were treated as human guinea pigs without much regard for their personal welfare.

[edit on 4-5-2005 by Mayet]

[edit on 4-5-2005 by Mayet]


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