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20 February 2006

The rights of participating patients

Patients need to be fully informed about the risks and benefits and have to sign an informed consent document.

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  • Patients need to be fully informed about the risks and benefits and have to sign an informed consent document.
  • Patients must be given enough time to decide whether they want to participate and must be able to discuss it with their family, if they wish to.
  • Patients must not be coerced into or paid for participating in a clinical trial. Reasonable expenses like traveling expenses may be covered by the sponsor.
  • Patients may withdraw from the trial at any time without fear of their treatment being negatively influenced by their decision.
  • Patients must have access to the investigator/ ethical committee/ study coordinator during the trial if needed.

Bets Breedt, MBChB, B Med Sci, M Fam Med Manager Investigator Services: Quintiles

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1. Code of Federal regulations.
2. International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines.
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4. Joanne Kabak. Clinical Trials: How drugs get from the test tubes to us. Drkoop.com:Family:Features
5. T.A.M. Kramer. Drug Development. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health eJournal, 24 July 2002.

 
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