Philosophy, Science and Policy Seminar Series

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Date: 14th May 2018

The first seminar of the series “Philosophy, Science and Policy” will held on May 14, 2018 in the Aula F of the Faculty of Medicine, at 12 a.m.

Speaker: Giovanni Boniolo, University of Ferrara

Abstract: Right To Try (RTT) laws originated in the USA to allow terminally ill patients to request access to early stage experimental medical products directly from the producer, removing the oversight and approval of the Food and Drug Administration. These laws have received signicant media attention and almost equally unanimous criticism by the bioethics, clinical and scientic communities. They touch indeed on complex issues such as the conflict between individual and public interest, and the public understanding of medical research and its regulation. The increased awareness around RTT laws means that healthcare providers directly involved in the management of patients with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, infective, or neurologic conditions will deal more frequently with patients requests of access to experimental medical products. This talk aims to assess the ethical plausibility of the RTT laws, and to suggest some possible ethical tools and considerations to address the main issues they touch.

Venue: Faculty of Medicine, Aula F, 12 a.m.

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