Ethics Archive

Harvard Wants Your Genome, But Warns of the Privacy Risks

Harvard University’s Personal Genome Project is seeking volunteers willing to “share their genome sequence and other personal information with the scientific community and the general public.” In 2001, Harvard’s Human Genome Project made history by releasing the first draft of a complete human genome. Now Harvard is seeking 99,999 volunteers who are willing to ‘show’

Legislators and Researchers Question Direct-to-Consumer Ads

As we have discussed in prior blogs, state lawmakers throughout the country are debating increased restrictions on the pharmaceutical industry’s ability to promote its pharmaceutical products to physicians. The industry has voluntarily responded by adopting various rules, including capping the amount of money that pharmaceutical representatives can spend promoting drugs to healthcare providers. Pharmaceutical industry

North Carolina to Publish Data Regarding “Confidential” Med Mal Settlements

Under a new North Carolina regulation, details regarding North Carolina medical malpractice settlements will soon be posted online for patients to view. Confidential out-of-court settlements have long been the option of choice for medical malpractice defendants in North Carolina and elsewhere. However, if the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners gets its way, North Carolina

HHS Proposed Rule Causes Controversy

Yesterday’s blog discussed the background of HHS’ proposed rule, which would penalize institutions that discriminate against providers who refuse to refer patients to abortion providers. As promised, today we’ll focus on the details of the proposed rule, which is entitled “Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory

HHS and ACOG Battle Over OB/GYN Conscience Rights

In a controversial move, last Thursday, HHS proposed regulations that would prevent healthcare providers from being compelled to refer patients to abortion providers if doing so would violate the provider’s conscience. Before diving into the proposed rule, let’s quickly consider the history of this issue. ACOG Opinion On November 7, 2007, the American College of