Getting More Generous with the Truth: Clinical Trial Reporting in 2013 and Beyond

  • Published: January 29, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001379

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Human subjects and trial data

Posted by benzonit on 05 Feb 2013 at 08:08 GMT

Just a thought that I'm sure is not original but I've been unable to find commentary on it.
Assume the people in a study are volunteers, not paid or employees of the manufacturer.
Assume they have volunteered to further knowledge of human disease (altruistic motives.)
Then how can their data be proprietary?
Is it not axiomatic that a contract, no matter how well written, cannot supersede human rights? (Covered, I believe, at Geneva.)
Do not patients own their own data? (Clearly "yes" under HIPAA.)
Then how can it be that data contributed by volunteers is considered company owned data?

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