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Boston Hospitals Mulling Participation in No-Consent Drug Trial

An article in The Boston Globe details how a team of doctors from Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital hopes to join a national trial investigating whether administering progesterone to patients soon “after a traumatic brain injury could prevent further neurologic damage.” The study would require that doctors provide the treatment without securing the trauma victims’ consent because “they often arrive at the hospital unconscious or without family members who can speak on their behalf.” Federal law allows for some studies to skirt the normally stringent consent rules when “involving emergency care.”

Read it in The Boston Globe.