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A Plutocratic Proposal: an ethical way for rich patients to pay for a place on a clinical trial
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    Masters and Nutt draw attention to deficiencies in Emanuel, Wendler, and Grady 2000.

    In their intriguing 'Plutocratic Proposal' (J Med Ethics 2017), Masters and Nutt note that the 'Matching Agencies' acting as intermediaries between benefactors and the beneficiaries would need to do systematic reviews of all known existing research and commit to publishing full research results, both for their own reputations and for legal protection . Masters and Nutt point out out that these are definitely ethical matters, and that failure to do one or both has had fatal consequences for patients and research participants.

    How can it be that Emanuel, Wendler and Grady did not even mention these two vital points concerning publication in their original list of seven ethical requirements? (JAMA 2000:283:701-7011).

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