Demand Kathleen Sebelius Apologize to Parents of Babies Endangered in Study

Tell Health and Human Services Secretary to Apologize for Unethical Experiment that Exposed Premature Infants to Risk of Death and Blindness and Prevent Similar Failures in the Future

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should personally apologize to the parents of 1,316 premature infants who were exposed to increased risk of blindness and death as part of a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health and held throughout the U.S. several years ago because they were not informed of the risks to their babies or the true nature and purpose of the research.

Add Your Name to the Petition to Secretary Sebelius

We, the undersigned, call on you to apologize to each of the parents of the premature infants enrolled in the unethical trial at 23 U.S. medical centers. This apology should be accompanied by a complete divulgence of the previously undisclosed information regarding the nature, purpose, and risks of the research.

We also urge you to take the following actions:

  • Direct the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) to require each participating institution to submit corrective action for avoiding such serious deficiencies in the consent process for future research.
  • Launch an independent investigation into how the HHS system for review and oversight of clinical trials failed so miserably. This should include an assessment of all entities within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other HHS agencies that played a role in the review, approval and funding of the study.
  • Determine what system-wide actions are necessary to prevent similar future failures.
  • Identify and suspend any similarly unethical ongoing research involving premature infants that is funded by NIH or any other HHS agency.

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The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, was conducted between 2005 and 2009 at 23 prominent research facilities throughout the country, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Brown University, Duke University and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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16902 Wed Dec 03 19:12:19 EST 2014 Bernadette Webster This kind of behavior seems absolutely criminal.
16901 Wed Nov 19 07:59:39 EST 2014 Cynthia Grim
16900 Tue Nov 11 14:30:52 EST 2014 David Courrejou Imagine how this could have affected your own family!
16899 Tue Nov 11 14:30:40 EST 2014 David Courrejou Imagine how this could have affected your own family!
16898 Mon Nov 10 11:12:25 EST 2014 Tina King
16897 Wed Nov 05 18:04:11 EST 2014 Kathleen Fields
16896 Wed Nov 05 18:03:58 EST 2014 Kathleen Fields
16895 Mon Oct 20 16:26:23 EDT 2014 Neil Stecker
16894 Wed Oct 08 21:53:22 EDT 2014 Marissa Gray
16893 Wed Oct 08 21:53:21 EDT 2014 Marissa Gray
16892 Sat Sep 13 00:33:22 EDT 2014 Jack David Marcus
16891 Sat Sep 13 00:32:55 EDT 2014 Jack David Marcus
16890 Tue Aug 26 14:59:29 EDT 2014 Anonymous
16889 Thu Aug 14 16:01:04 EDT 2014 Vicki Bianchi
16888 Mon Aug 04 21:04:24 EDT 2014 meave o'connor
16887 Tue Jul 29 21:59:49 EDT 2014 Kevin Silas
16886 Mon Jul 28 15:17:11 EDT 2014 Julie Heinrich
16885 Thu Jul 03 00:53:30 EDT 2014 Anonymous We need the Class Act part of the healthcare law for the many people who need it now or will in the near future! Tn needs many more NewDEAL democratic coalition, alliance, democrats to help in all areas More....
16884 Sun Jun 29 23:37:21 EDT 2014 michele pintello
16883 Mon Jun 16 23:28:11 EDT 2014 Carol Komesz
16882 Fri Jun 13 13:28:37 EDT 2014 Thomas V Connor
16881 Tue Jun 10 20:50:57 EDT 2014 john wade
16880 Tue Jun 10 19:30:17 EDT 2014 Maureen A Absten RN What happened to informed consent?
16879 Fri Jun 06 19:55:27 EDT 2014 Rick Sloan
16878 Fri May 23 10:37:40 EDT 2014 Cynthia Marie Lippman
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