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When giving thought of doing a clinical trial of a new drug on any child many questions first need to be asked Will this drug truly help the patient enough were the damage done will be out weighed by the prospects of the new drug Also what kind of harm will really happen to the patients put on this drug And knowing that there maybe a potential for harm to these patients should you take them off of their current treatment causing harm to them to give them a placebo Many of these questions can be answered quite easily while others we really need to put some thought into First of all let me state that it is very unethical to give an epileptic a placebo when you know it will cause harm to that patient Some may say well the harm being done isnt fatal and therefore shouldnt really be considered when doing such a study on a new drug But any time any harm is going to be done to the patients it will have an everlasting and very important part in their life from then on The effects may not be apparent at the time of the harm being done but when it is repeated and done again and again it will become more apparent over time There are many ethical reasons why such harm should be avoided though When a patient comes into a clinical trial of a new drug they come in thinking that this new drug will help them as well as those that have the same problem as them In this they believe or should believe that the person over seeing such a trail would have the best interest of the patients in mind Meaning that they shouldnt cause any unnecessary harm to any of the patients at any time Doing so would violate the patients Autonomy Meaning that the persons rights have been infringed upon When a
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