Medical Trials and Ethical Issues

 

Is it ethical to take part in a medical trials that uses volunteers to conduct research?

 

We understand that some people do hold concerns around the ethical implications of volunteering for medical trials, and the idea of testing disease-fighting strategies on people. Historically there have not always been the huge amount of safety precautions, rules and regulations as those which are in place today.

Medical trials at FluCamp

FluCamp is run and operated by a team of medical experts, and we are held accountable to a strict regulatory mandate. For a medicinal drug to be used, it must be proven to be safe and effective. We ensure that all drugs have passed strict safety tests before they are used at FluCamp. All of our medicines and viruses have been ethically approve. Our trials are approved by the government's Ethics Committee and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We use an informed consent policy, meaning that you can only consent to the trials once we are sure you understand the potential implications. All tests and trials will be explained to you by our team of doctors and nurses, and you can choose to leave at ANY time.  

The laws behind clinical trial research, and the introduction of new drugs, require a drug to be tested on humans before it can be released to the general population, to ensure its efficacy and safety. For a cure to be found for any disease it must be tested on a cross section of humanity to ensure that it is effective for all races, sexes and ages. Ultimately, the ethics behind a personal choice are unique to the individual, which is why we ask for volunteers who are keen to support our research.  

We have a strict process of screenings and tests to ensure that all volunteers taking part are completely healthy and suitable to be involved. Once you are in quarantine we have continual health monitoring throughout, and we also ask you to return for a check up after the completion of the trial to ensure that you are fully healthy.  

Volunteers choose to take part in studies for a variety of reasons. We advocate being an Everyday Hero because we know that for many, helping to find a cure for flu means a lot to them personally. If you are interested in FluCamp but are concerned about the risks, then you can find out more here.