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Should medical research embrace racial differences in treatment efficacy?
potential for exploitation of trial participants
- especially those lacking access to health care
(which is true for most racial minorities)
- is very high.
A lot of
suggests how commonly black subjects were
abused under the guise of research
by white doctors.
If pharmaceutical companies have incentives to exploit participants in clinical trials, then they will do so whether or not those trials take race into account.
If ethnic minorities refuse to participate in clinical trials because of a 'fear of exploitation ' they are harming themselves because the end result will be less drugs are developed which cater for their needs.