Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Re: Business ethics topic..ideas?
How about pharmaceutical (sic!) companies testing potentially life-saving drugs on patients with cancers, etc. and the usage of a placebo? Of course, the placebo is the "control" group, which is scientifically correct, but that group misses out on treatment- for instance, cancer patients during the, say, 6-month trial of the drug cannot have their chemo or radiation, just a drug... that turns out to be a sugar pill. 6 months is plenty of time for (a) and existing cancer to get worse or (b) conventional treatments to have a significant amount of success. Of course, the test subjects consent to this risk, but is it ethical for companies to present a situation like this to patients? I've always found that situation to be very sticky ethically.