Ethical Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs: A Letter Report
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COMMITTEE ON ETHICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ISSUES IN STUDYING THE SAFETY OF APPROVED DRUGS
RUTH R. FADEN, PhD, MPH (Cochair), Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director,
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
STEVEN N. GOODMAN, MD, MHS, PhD (Cochair), Professor of Oncology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
ALASDAIR BRECKENRIDGE, MD, FRCP, Chairman,
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, London, UK
LISA EGBUONU-DAVIS, MD, MPH, MBA, Managing Director,
LED Enterprise, LLC
MIGUEL A. HERNÁN, DrPH, MD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology,
Harvard School of Public Health
GRACE M. LEE, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Population Medicine and Pediatrics,
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Children’s Hospital Boston
MICHELLE MELLO, JD, PhD, Professor of Law and Public Health,
Harvard School of Public Health
ERIC M. MESLIN, PhD, Director,
Indiana University Center for Bioethics;
Associate Dean for Bioethics,
Indiana University School of Medicine
LARRY I. PALMER, LLB, Professor of Health Administration,
Virginia Commonwealth University;
Professor of Law,
College of William and Mary
BRUCE M. PSATY, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Services and Codirector,
Cardiovascular Health Research Unit, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Group Health Research Institute, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA
THOMAS R. TEN HAVE, PhD, MPH, Professor of Biostatistics,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
WILLIAM VAUGHAN, BA, Consultant to Consumers Union
MICHELLE C. CATLIN, PhD, Study Director
JENNIFER A. COHEN, Program Officer
ALEJANDRA MARTÍN, Research Assistant
KRISTEN METHERD, Intern
KATHLEEN McGRAW, Senior Project Assistant
ALLISON L. BERGER, Senior Project Assistant
NORMAN GROSSBLATT, Senior Editor
ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, ScD, Director,
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following for their review of this report:
Wylie Burke, MD, PhD, University of Washington
Susan S. Ellenberg, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Arthur Levin, BA, MPH, Center for Medical Consumers
Roger J. Lewis, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
Bernard Lo, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Alastair J.J. Wood, MD, Symphony Capital, LLC
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Elaine L. Larson, PhD, RN, Columbia University. Appointed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of the report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests with the author committee and the institution.
Margaret Hamburg, MD
US Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
Dear Dr. Hamburg,
In April 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to respond to five questions about ethical and scientific issues in studying the safety of approved drugs. FDA requested a final report on the five questions in 2011. In light of the scheduling of a joint meeting of FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee on July 13–14, 2010, FDA further requested a letter report addressing question 1 of the charge—“What are the ethical and informed consent issues that must be considered when designing randomized clinical trials to evaluate potential safety risks?”—by July 2010. The attached letter report, which has been reviewed in accordance with IOM review procedures, addresses that question.
Ruth R. Faden
Steven N. Goodman
Committee on Ethical and Scientific Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs