A study called SUPPORT, short for Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial, was a major reason behind recent draft guidance published by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).
IRB Advisor asked Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBioethics, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, to discuss her role in joining the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). Before joining the Petrie-Flom Center, Lynch was a senior policy and research analyst for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues’ report on the Guatemala STD inoculation study.
The main goal of creating an IRB resource guide is for it to be used and useful. If it’s too large and difficult to search, such as a 50-page paper document, or if it’s too cumbersome, such as a spreadsheet, staff might avoid it.
There is a constant struggle between giving people, particularly the terminally ill, access to new treatments quickly, while also ensuring that those treatments are as safe and effective as possible. The debate continues with the proposal and passage of state “Right to Try” laws, which would give terminally ill people access to investigational drugs that have completed Phase I studies.