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Rights of Conscience in Healthcare

May 8, 2019

Cedarville University’s Center for Bioethics is partnering with the Northern Plains Ethics Institute and the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health (IAMEPH) in a major academic ethics conference this coming June 6-8, 2019, entitled, Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights. Keynote speaker will be Princeton political philosopher Dr. Robert George, a well-known advocate of conscience... View Article

New Conference on Healthcare Conscience Rights

December 19, 2018

Cedarville University’s Center for Bioethics is partnering with the Northern Plains Ethics Institute and the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health (IAMEPH) in a major academic ethics conference this coming June 6-8, 2019, entitled, Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights. Keynote speaker will be Princeton political philosopher Dr. Robert George, a well-known advocate of conscience... View Article

The Arizona Conscience Scandal

August 22, 2018

(by guest blogger Douglas Anderson, PharmD, and Dennis Sullivan, MD) Out of Arizona comes a tragic case where a woman who had suffered a miscarriage was denied a drug for treatment, on the basis of the “conscience rights” of a pharmacist. Nicole Arteaga was nine weeks pregnant when her pregnancy... View Article

The Ethics of Drug Shortages

March 26, 2018

(by guest blogger Rachel Wolthoff) Your hospital has a critical shortage of amino acids to use in I.V. nutrition solutions. As a pharmacist, you face a tough choice: use the remaining amino acids to compound a parenteral nutrition solution for a young adult with cancer, or for three premature babies... View Article

New ‘Incentives’ to Choose Death

February 1, 2017

As we have commented in this blog recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) is thinking of reversing its opposition to physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Canada and five U.S. states have made this practice legal, and “aid in dying” is now a part of everyday medical discussions. Here are a few more... View Article

Animal – Human Chimeras May Solve Transplant Organ Shortage

June 9, 2016

In a move guaranteed to raise ethical questions around the world, scientists in California are using gene-editing techniques to remove parts of a pig’s DNA, then replace it with human DNA that codes for the human pancreas. It is their hope that this will provide a source to grow human... View Article

Profiteering from the Poor

May 24, 2016

Many of you will recall the highly publicized case last fall, of Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, smirking and invoking his Fifth Amendment rights before a televised House Oversight Committee hearing. He had led his company to acquire a generic drug that had been available inexpensively for decades. The... View Article

American Doctor Claims Research in India was Unethical

February 17, 2016

An American doctor has claimed that a major study of cervical cancer in India was unethical, leading to at least 254 “pointless deaths.” American pathologist Dr Eric Suba has criticized three major long-term studies of cervical cancer, conducted in India between 1997 and 2012. In a lecture given in Mubai... View Article

New Challenges to Brain Death

February 10, 2016

Since 1969, the Harvard Criteria on Brain Death have provided guidelines for declaring a patient dead, even if the heart is still beating. This has allowed for a significant expansion of organ transplants. Donation occurs while the organ is still viable, resulting in better outcomes for recipients. As a legal,... View Article

Debate over Long Hours for Surgeons in Training

January 11, 2016

(by guest blogger Kathryn Sill) Most of us know that surgical trainees (residents) within hospitals can work some long shifts; 100 hour work weeks are not unusual. Recent standards by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education have attempted to reduce the number of hours to a maximum of 80... View Article