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Medical News & Perspectives
May 22/29, 2002

Bioterrorism Threat Calls for Revisiting Research Protections

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JAMA. 2002;287(20):2639. doi:10.1001/jama.287.20.2639

Washington—Last fall's anthrax attacks provided the first test of the US medical system's preparations for bioterrorism. As physicians and scientists from a host of government and academic organizations felt their way through the crisis, eventually limiting the medical damage to five deaths in 22 cases, they bungled research opportunities, said Greg Koski, MD, PhD, director of the Office for Human Research Protections, at a recent meeting.

"We in a sense squandered an opportunity to get meaningful data," Koski told a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advisory committee that helps guide research policy. "That's very alarming."

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