Thursday, August 7, 2008

Arkansas VA did human experimentation on veterans

VA releases report critical of Ark. hospitals

Associated Press - August 6, 2008 7:14 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A federal report has found researchers working at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System failed to follow rules governing human experimentation, including not telling those in a surgery trial about another participant's medical emergency following the procedure.

A report by the inspector general's office of the Veterans Affairs Administration found researchers also conducted several HIV tests without patients' permission, filmed dementia patients without consent and destroyed records just before a federal audit. The report says the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' internal review board, which oversaw the researchers, also failed to follow up to make sure researchers corrected the problems in several cases.
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