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September 19, 2017

The United Kingdom Sets Limits on Experimental Treatments: The Case of Charlie Gard

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2017;318(11):1001-1002. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.10410

The case of Charlie Gard in London, England, has been the focus of international attention, generating polarized views about the use of experimental treatments. On one side are those who hold that patients should be able to purchase whatever treatments they desire and can afford; on the other are those who maintain that governments must play a regulatory role in protecting patients from harm and that unproven therapies must meet a threshold of scientific validity before they are offered, regardless of the ability of the patient to pay.

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