Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
ZAVALA, Salomón and ALFARO-MANTILLA, Julio. Ethics and investigation. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.4, pp. 664-669. ISSN 1726-4634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342011000400015.
The authors make a critical evaluation of the ethical aspects of research based on their experience as university teachers and members of Ethics Committees. They invite to the discussion on topics that they consider polemic. They begin by mentioning the regulatory role of the International and Local Ethical Norms and of the Ethics Committees. They comment on the position of South American bioethicists regarding the so-called ethical "double standard" and on the liberalization of the use of the placebo. They criticize the damage that the system of patents causes on low- resources patients, as well as the lack of interest in the development of new medications to treat neglected diseases or those diseases which are only prevalent in poor countries, and the excessive length of the Informed Consents. They finish giving their opinion about the distribution of the clinical trials among the researchers, the problems that affect the Ethics Committees and some contents of the Regulation of Clinical Trials of the National Institute of Health.
Keywords : Bioethics; Ethics medical; Human rights.