Building an Ethical Foundation for First-in-Human Nanotrials

Posted: 1 Mar 2014  

Rebecca Dresser

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Novel nanomedical interventions require human testing to evaluate their safety and effectiveness. To establish a proper evidentiary basis for human trials, nanomedical innovations must first be subjected to animal and other laboratory testing. But it is uncertain whether the traditional laboratory approaches to safety evaluation will supply adequate information on nanotechnology risks to humans. This uncertainty, together with other features of nanomedical innovation, heightens the ethical challenges in conducting first-in-human nanotrials.

Suggested Citation

Dresser, Rebecca, Building an Ethical Foundation for First-in-Human Nanotrials (2013). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2013; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-02-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401950

Rebecca Dresser (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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