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Medical Research Cases

Also see: Medical Research and Human Experimentation Law

No constitutional right to experimental drugs - Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs v. Eschenbach, 495 F.3d 695 (D.C.Cir. 2007)

Tissue samples belong to university, not patients - Washington University v. Catalona, 490 F.3d 667 (8th Cir.(Mo.) 2007

Pfizer sued for in proper consent in medical experiments in Nigeria - Abdullahi v. Pfizer, Inc., No. 02-9223 (2d Cir. 10/08/2003) Court allows claims in the US because Nigerian courts are corrupt. - Dismissed on remand: Alien Tort Claims Act cannot be used for breach of medical research ethics - Adamu v. Pfizer, Inc., 399 F.Supp.2d 495 (S.D.N.Y. 2005)

Court rejects 35 year old tort claims against medical researchers and government - Heinrich v. Sweet, 308 F.3d 48 (1st Cir. 2002)

How Specific Must the Notice be in FTCA Cases? - Goodman v. U.S., 298 F.3d 1048 (9th Cir. 2002) - this is a case contesting the informed consent in a medical experiment performed at the NIH.

Berman v. Hutchinson Cancer Center - Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiff on Liability for Informed Consent (2002)

Physician sued for allowing drug company representative to participate in patient care - Sanchez-Scott v. Alza Pharmaceuticals, 86 Cal.App.4th 365, 103 Cal.Rptr.2d 410 (Cal.App. Dist.2 2001)

Maryland Court Imposes Judicial Review on Non-Therapeutic Research on Children - Grimes v. Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc., 366 Md. 29, 782 A.2d 807 (Md. 2001) - Grimes v. Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc., No. 128 September Term, 2000 (Md. 08-16-2001) - Motion for Rehearing Denied.

Is There A Duty To Recommend Quack Cures? - Schiff v. Prados, 112 Cal.Rptr.2d 171, 1 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 8547, 2001 Daily Journal D.A.R. 10,547 Cal.App. 1 Dist. Sep 28, 2001.

Procedural Issues in Terminating Life Support for a Child - Family Independence Agency v. AMB, No. 218869 (Mich.App. 11-06-2001)

Research Subjects Must Be Told If Treatment Is Available Outside The Trial - Stewart v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 136 Ohio App.3d 244, 736 N.E.2d 491 (Ohio App. Dist.8 12/06/1999)

NY Restricts the Right of Parents and Guardians to Consent to Research on Children and Incompents - T.D. v. New York State Office of Mental Health, 228 A.D.2d 95, 650 N.Y.S.2d 173, 65 USLW 2439 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. 1996)

Unorthodox Treatments Lead to License Suspension - State Bd. of Med. Examiners v. Burzynski,  917 S.W.2d 365 (Tex. App. 1996)

Fiduciary Duty of Researchers - the Spleen Case - Moore v. Regents of University of California, 793 P.2d 479 (Cal. 1990)

Soldier cannot sue government for LSD experiments - U.S. v. Stanley, 479 U.S. 1005 (1986)

Banning Use of Laetrile Does Not Violate Right to Privacy - People v. Privitera, 23 Cal. 3d 697, 591 P.2d 919, 153 Cal. Rptr. 431 (Cal. 1979)


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