This presentation examines a claim made by PhRMA on behalf of pharmaceutical manufacturing companies of America, and the response of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) questioning drug company publication policies and practices. Also considered are changes in law (2007) governing Food and Drug Administration regulation and public access to results of clinical trials. I propose that the contractual relation between the investigator and subjects (patients) is the source of a competing claim requiring public access to the evidence of clinical trials. The ownership claim is not settled. Do not individuals acting on their own best judgment and publishing data for the public good contrary to corporate authority deserve the support of their institutions and professional associations?
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Alexander, Jennifer and Samuel A. Richmond, “Administrative Discretion: Can We Move Beyond Cider House Rules?” The American Review of Public Administration, Mar 2007; vol. 37: pp. 51 – 64.
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
- Samuel A. Richmond (2009), ""Who Owns Truth?" - Biomedical Research in a Health Policy Context," Purdue Bioethics Seminar Series, http://nanohub.org/resources/6483.
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