The Baby Oxygen Trials and How Govt. Officials Allegedly Interfered With the Ethics Probe

[This article was first published on June 4 2014]

Pressure from government officials and eminent researchers appears to have pushed a federal agency to postpone enforcement action on violations it found in a government-financed experiment on extremely premature babies.

The agency, which polices ethics in health studies, says the controversy over the study of preemies highlights a “fundamental difference between the obligations of clinicians and those of researchers.”

That ethics body, called the Office for Human Research Protections, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The sponsor of the controversial experiment, the National Institutes of Health, is also part of HHS. Officials at both HHS and NIH provided “input” leading to the office’s delay in enforcement.

At issue is SUPPORT, a study in which researchers at two dozen academic institutions randomly manipulated the oxygen levels of 1,316 extremely premature infants without providing their parents the full details of the methods and risks.

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One Response to “The Baby Oxygen Trials and How Govt. Officials Allegedly Interfered With the Ethics Probe”

  1. Ssgt Keith Smith
    July 21, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    I seen you’re article on Trump,you said you fact checked the story as written,you very well when he said alright McCain is a hero he was mocking McCain.You disgraced thousands of veterans.I think less of you for it.Its all about Trump with you elites.