Homeless people, many with severe mental illnesses, are being recruited by contract companies working for the pharmaceutical industry to test experimental drugs, according to [b]University of Minnesota[/b] bioethicist Dr Car Elliott.
According to a [s]Minnesota Post[/s] report, he writes in [s]Matter[/s]: ‘Most people think of pharmaceutical research as highly technical activity that takes place in world-class medical centres. The reality is somewhat different… Pharmaceutical companies now typically outsource clinical studies to contract research organisations, which run trials faster and at lower cost than universities do. Their job is simply to follow the instructions of their sponsors.’ Most people also assume, adds Elliott, that medical research studies are tightly regulated by the government to ensure the safety of the people participating in the studies. Again, that’s not the case.