New Zealand Law's Protection of Drug Trial Participants
Journal of law and medicine 2009 May ; 16(5): 885-90
Pharmaceutical trials are the process by which the effects of new medicines are investigated in order for them to be made safely available to the general public. Because of this unique function, it is important that there be legal protection for those who volunteer to be participants in these trials. This article considers the New Zealand legal framework surrounding pharmaceutical trials, in particular their protection of trial participants. It does this by looking first at the legal regulation of the drug trial process; secondly, at the application of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights; thirdly, by evaluating the adequacy of this legal environment; and finally, by suggesting how it could be improved through law reform.
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