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ThinkProgress:

A Department of Veterans Affairs investigation has found that there were “rampant violations” in an Arkansas veterans hospital’s human experiments program, “including missing consent forms, secret HIV testing and failure to report more than 100 deaths of subjects participating in studies.” The report from the VA’s Inspector General says the program “involved thousands of veterans.”

But note this from the report:

The board, which conducted oversight of the experiments, had been implemented and operated by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences but was transferred to the VA after the investigation began. The VA created a review board and halted all new experiments involving human subjects.

“The issues at the VA medical center in Little Rock were detected by VA employees, revealed through investigations by [the Food and Drug Administration] and VA’s Office of Research Oversight, and ultimately referred to VA’s Office of the Inspector General,” said VA spokesman Matt Smith. “This is an example of VA detecting and fixing its own problems.

“The issues cited in VA’s Inspector General report are being addressed through an aggressive action plan. The Little Rock research program is under heightened scrutiny to ensure no recurrence,” Mr. Smith said.

It sounds as though that, despite the experiments being situated at the veteran’s hospital, they were run by University of Arkansas and that, once they were transferred to the VA, the abuses were detected and addressed. The culpability seems to be with the U of Arkansas.

Written by Leisureguy

5 August 2008 at 9:52 am

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